Jimmy Dean Passes Away

Most folks knew him as the visible head of his sausage company, but generations previous knew him for his music and his television series. Yesterday Jimmy Dean passed away at the age of 81.

We all know Jimmy Dean Sausages but I remember fondly his crossover hit “Big Bad John” and even its two sequels. I also remember his various TV shows that first featured the piano-playing muppet Rowlf the dog, who was notably the first muppet star – even before Kermit the Frog. And then there’s his film role as Willard Whyte in one of my favorite James Bond flicks Diamonds Are Forever. He’ll be missed.

Below is an October 2009 performance at the Grand Ole Opry by Jimmy Dean of his classic “Big Bad John.” Enjoy.

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About Glenn Walker

Glenn Walker is a professional writer, and editor-in-chief and contributing writer at Biff Bam Pop!. A blogger, podcaster, and reviewer of pop culture in all its forms, he's done stints in radio, journalism and video retail. Ask him anything about movies, television, music, or especially comics or French fries, and you’ll be hard pressed to stump him or shut him up.

Posted on June 14, 2010, in country music, James bond, muppets, music, obit, television. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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