Jimmy Dean dies at 81
June 15, 2010 - 10:03:12 PM
Jimmy Dean and Elvis Presley.
Jimmy Dean was born in Plainview, Texas in 1928. He dropped out of high school to help support his family. After a stint in the military, Jimmy taught himself the accordion and began writing music and went to a successful career in country music, which included his own TV show, 'The Jimmy Dean Show'. Elvis Presley appeared on his show once in 1956 and Jimmy humorously recounted what a hard time he had getting anything out of Elvis other than a 'yep' or a 'nope'. He was eventually stationed in Washington, D.C., and in those improbable environs, would become a television powerhouse, in time hosting a nationally-broadcast CBS morning show that would trounce Dave Garroway's-hosted Today Show in the ratings. Ensuing network programs would also climb the ratings' charts - and introduce the fledgling Muppets to the world. Jimmy won a Grammy for his song Big Bad John, a tune about a towering, doomed miner. He won hearts starring as a sidekick to Fess Parker's Daniel Boone in the television series of the same name.
Jimmy: So, you're gonna be on the S.S. Mt. Vernon tonight, are you, Elvis?
Jimmy: Have you ever worked on a boat before?
Jimmy: I imagine you're looking forward to this, aren't you?
And that was it. 'Yep, nope... 'and that's all he would say.
Years later, Elvis would apologize profusely for leaving me hanging on that interview telling Dean he was so sorry about that but I was scared to death'. Jimmy Dean: It's hard to believe that Elvis could be shy or afraid of anything, but I guess even 'The King' had those days in the beginning.
Rosie Grier Jimmy Dean and Fess Parker on the set of the Daniel Boone Show.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.