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14 June 2010 @ 01:17 pm
RIP Jimmy Dean, singer and "sausage businessman"  
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jimmy Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81. Story goes on to say that he was watching TV; his wife left the room for a time and when she returned he was unresponsive, so I'm guessing it was quick and painless.

I had no idea they were the same person. I loved the song, and I like the sausage.

May he rest in peace; may his wife and all who loved him find comfort in memory.
Jim Hetleyjhetley on June 14th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Also "PT 109" and a sequel to Big John. And I didn't connect song and sausage, either. Will have some of the latter tomorrow breakfast . . .
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on June 14th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I have personal reasons for mildly resenting "Big Bad John" -- which made life for me in fourth grade pretty ghastly for a while... and I remember laughing at first when Jimmy Dean moved into sausage -- I kind of like the current crop of commercials, though -- with kindly Mr Sun distributing better breakfasts to the lackadaisically-orbiting planets...
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on June 15th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, fourth-graders have a really stupid sense of humor. When I was in fourth grade, it was, "When the US changes to the metric system, you'll have to change your name to Janet Kilometers, ha ha ha!"

I love the kindly Mr. Sun. He makes me smile. "You're all awesome."
Kats: Griefwildrider on June 14th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've always known he was the same guy; I suppose comes of growing up with country music, Hee Haw, and the Grand Ol' Opry as standard fare.

The country legends are going, going, and will soon be gone. *sigh*
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: thoughtfuljanetmiles on June 15th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Whereas I never listened to country music at all, except Hee Haw, and that more for the sketches than the music, until I moved here.

Yeah, we're of an age that our legends are going.