Texan hitmaker Jimmy Dean is celebrated in a newly-shared clip from the 1967 archives of The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs a selection of country music favorites by other artists to mark Country Music Month.
The entertainer famous for hits of his own such as 1961’s “Big Bad John” and 1965’s “The First Thing Ev’ry Morning (And The Last Thing Ev’ry Night”) is seen in an edition of the long-running staple of variety television from October 8, 1967. The show also featured comedy spots by Joan Rivers and the most frequently-featured act in the show’s entire history, Canadian duo Wayne and Shuster.
By this time, Dean had been not only a hugely established name in country music for many years, but a veteran of his own TV series. After first charting with “Bumming Around” (as Jimmie Dean) in 1953, he hosted his own CBS series in 1957 and 1958, and another for ABC from 1963 to 1966. Dean’s other 1960s hits on Columbia included “P.T.109” (based on the sinking of John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat in 1943) and “Little Black Book.”
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