"Jimmy Dean" (born on August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas) is an American singer, actor, and businessman. He was born Jimmy Ray Dean, and not Seth Ward, as is sometimes stated. Seth Ward is the district of Plainview, Texas where he grew up.
Dean became a professional entertainer after a stint in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1940s. He became the host of the popular Washington D.C. TV program ''Town and Country Time'' and, with his Texas Wildcats, became favorites in the region. Both Patsy Cline and Roy Clark got their starts with Dean, who eventually fired Clark, his lead guitarist, for his chronic tardiness. He had his first hit, "Bummin' Around," in 1953.
Dean went on to New York in the 1950s where he hosted another TV variety show for CBS and signed with Columbia Records. He became best known for his 1961 song "Big Bad John" that went to No.1 on the Billboard charts. The song won Dean the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. He had several more Top 40 songs including a Top 10 in 1962 with "PT 109", a song in honor of PT-109 and John F. Kennedy. In the early 1960s he also hosted the ''Tonight Show'' on occasion and one night introduced Roy Cl...