Sausage King And Music Legend Jimmy Dean Dies | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: 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

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
NPR

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Defense Zeroes In On Star Witness' Credibility

Defense attorney William Burck is focusing on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators as well as his stock dealings.
NPR

Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

Leave a Comment

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