Jimmy Dean was born in a town (Plainview,Tx) about 80 miles south of here...I recall seeing him there at a grocery store when I was about 10 years old...probable claim to fame was his 1961 song *Big Bad John"...which I have been humming all day! (kind of infectious ya know?)
Then came the day at the bottom of the mine,
when a timber cracked and men started crying.
Minors were praying, and hearts beat fast
and everybody thought they had breathed thier last
Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell,
walked a giant of a man that the minors knew well.
Grabbed a sagging timber and gave out with a groan,
and like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, Big John
Wasn't it on his TV show that we were first introduced to a Jim Henson character? It was that crazy dog guy that played the piano.....can't remember his name. I'm pretty sure that pre-dated Kermit's emergence as the signature Muppet character.
That was a favorite family night show for us. It was about when I was in Jr High, and our whole family just loved Jimmy Dean.
Rest in peace Jimmy......and thanks for the memories!
Thanks Spank! The next day I read the really nice (and lengthy) obit in the LA Times, and the writer actually made special mention of Rowlf being the first Muppet character to be introduced to general audiences in prime time.
Muppets were seen on TV before that, but they were pretty much confined to children's morning programming on PBS (Sesame Street).
Anyway, he was fun, the show was fun, and I will always remember Jimmy Dean fondly.