James Dean? JIMMY Dean!
June 15, 2010 4:47 PM Subscribe
Jimmy Dean (Aug. 28, 1928 - June 13, 2010)
posted by oneswellfoop (48 comments total)
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is best known to Mefites for his brand
, although he sold the company in the '80s, and was dropped as its spokesman in 2003
; its current owner is Sara Lee
*. But his musical legacy is sealed by his 'country rap*' classic "Big Bad John" (performed live in 2008)
, often imitated, but never parodied better than with "Big Bruce"** (info)
. But to me, he was the guy with the variety show where he spent several minutes every week bantering with
the muppet Rowlf
****. Here's Jimmy in Esquire Magazine's "What I've Learned".
His final resting place is music-themed, NOT sausage themed
. "Here lies one hell of a man."
* Sara Lee's original namesake is LONG gone but recently had a female CEO who is currently on medical leave
** what else would YOU call that non-singing musical style?
*** not the same Steve Greenberg who was behind Lipps, Inc. and "Funkytown", but wouldn't it be cool if he was?
**** performed by Jim Henson, with Frank Oz giving a hand (literally)