Jimmy Dean was an American music vocalist, actor, television host and a businessman whose net worth is $50 million. Jimmy acquired his net worth through acting in films, music career and also from business ventures. He was instrumental in mainstreaming the country’s music that’s now ranked as the most used in the US. Raised from a poor family, Dean learned the best way to play the guitar when still a child. The poor family dropped out of school at a tender age of 16 and joined the Air Force but later he embarked as an entertainer releasing his single, Big Bad John which became a number one hit song in US and England. More songs followed that topped the charts.
He stays famous even now for his role as a spokesman for Jimmy Dean Pure Pork Sausage Business which he set up and sold to Consolidated Foods in 1984. Even after his passing he was nominated for the Country Music Hall of fame in the year 2010.
Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 — June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor and businessman. Although he may be best known now as the originator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand, he became a national television personality beginning in 1957, climbing to popularity for his 1961 country crossover success “Big Bad John” and his television series, “The Jimmy Dean Show”, which also gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure. His acting career contained a supporting role as Willard Whyte in the 1971 James Bond film, “Diamonds Are Forever”. He dwelt near Richmond, Virginia, and was nominated for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, although he was officially inducted posthumously.
Dean had his first hit, “Bummin’ Around”, in 1953 on the 4 Star label, He signed with Columbia Records in 1957. He had modest pop hits, including “Little Sandy Sleighfoot” (a Christmas novelty song) and “Sing Along”, afterwards used as the theme for TV’s “Sing Along With Mitch”. Patsy Cline and Roy Clark got their starts on the show. Although Cline and Dean became good pals, Clark (Dean’s lead guitarist) was eventually fired by the singer for what was clarified as his persistent tardiness. Dean replaced Clark with Billy Grammer. In 1955, Town and Country Time moved to WMAL-TV on weekday days. Additionally during 1957 while he lived in Arlington, Virginia, Dean hosted Country Style on WTOP TV, the local Washington, DC affiliate for CBS on weekday mornings. CBS picked up the show nationally from Washington for eight months in 1957 under the name, The Morning Show. Then from September 14, 1958, to June 1959, CBS carried The Jimmy Dean Show on weekday and Saturday days.