Proud Of East Texas: Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean is called "The Dean Of Country Music. He's also been known as "The Sausage King". From a poverty stricken boyhood in Plainview, Texas, Dean rose to fame and fortune through his music, with the key to his success a song called "Big Bad John." "Big Bad John" was the number one song in the world in 1961 and to date has sold over eight million records. At the height of his career, Dean launched "The Jimmy Dean Meat Company" because he'd seen too many people in show business blow thier fortunes and "end up on welfare". Dean doesn't have to worry about that. He is living the "good Life" in his home on the banks of the James River and says he's "never been happier".