: News

Filed Under:

Sausage King And Music Legend Jimmy Dean Dies

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

Jimmy Dean, the country music legend and entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died in his home outside Richmond, Virginia last night.

Jimmy Dean's start in the music business came as an accordionist at a tavern near Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where he was stationed in the 1940s. He later drew a strong following through appearance on Washington-area radio.

He went on to a successful entertainment career in the 1950s and '60s that included the nationally televised "The Jimmy Dean Show." He founded the Jimmy Dean Meat Company in 1969, and sold the company to the Sara Lee Corporation in 1984.

In August of last year he discussed his success with WAMU Bluegrass Country's Tom "Cat" Reeder.

"I've said it a lot of times, if my luck stops tomorrow morning, I've had more than my share of it," Dean said.

Jimmy Dean was 81 years old.

NPR

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
NPR

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
NPR

The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
NPR

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.