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Jimmy Dean

Country music singer, actor and Entrepreneur
Famed country singer, actor and entrepreneur Jimmy Ray Dean was born on August 10, 1928, in Olton, Texas, to working-class parents. Raised in Plainview, Dean's Depression-era upbringing saw him experience abject poverty. His father floated in and out of Jimmy's early life, once slaughtering the young boy's pet goat in order to put food on the table. His mother sewed clothes for Dean and his siblings using sugar sacksóclothes that brought Dean heavy ridicule from his peers. Dean later credited this hard-knock upbringing with giving him his entrepreneurial spirit, and burning desire to succeed. "I think the kids in school that laughed at the clothes that we wore and the house that we lived in and then my mother had to cut hair ... I think that was a good motivator," Dean later told reporters. "Every time they laughed at me, they just built a fire and there was only one way to put it outóto try and show 'em I was as good as they were."

Dean died June 13, 2010, at the age of 81.

 
Resources
Thirty Years of Sausage...Fifty Years of Ham

A memoir from the country singer and entrepreneur Jimmy Dean covers his life from his childhood in West Texas through success as a country and western entertainer to fulfillment as a sausage superstar.

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