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Billy Dean

Billy Dean received a basketball scholarship to attend East Central Junior College in Decatur, MS, where he majored in physical education, but instead of wearing a whistle around his neck, he opted for a guitar strap. Inspired by Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and Dean Martin, he played the club circuit along the Gulf Coast in Florida and used national talent contests as a vehicle for his music. He made the finals of the Wrangler Country Star Search in 1982, then won as a Male Vocalist champ on Ed McMahon's Star Search program in 1988. Even before the release of his debut album, Young Man, he'd already gone on tour as an opening act for Mel Tillis, Gary Morris, and Ronnie Milsap. In the midst of recording, Dean also dabbled in television. He contributed to commercials for Valvoline, McDonald's, and Chevrolet, and had an acting role in the brief Elvis series on ABC-TV in 1990. He landed bit parts on soap operas and dramas, and even hosted the 1994 season of ABC in Concert Country. Dean followed up his debut with a self-titled 1991 effort for EMI; Fire in the Dark appeared two years later. A 1994 greatest-hits package included the song "Once in a While," written for the soundtrack to the Luke Perry rodeo vehicle 8 Seconds. A greatest-hits collection so early in an artist's career might seem strange, but considering that Dean had already charted seven singles, the release was easy money for Capitol. However, Dean's reign at the top of the charts was short-lived. Despite frequent releases throughout the rest of the 1990s, Dean wasn't able to crack the charts again. After three studio records and a live, fan-club-only disc, Dean issued Love Songs through Capitol in 2000. The collection of previously released material was followed by another, similar collection for Capitol/EMI in 2002. Dean continued to tour through 2003. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Stations Featuring
Billy Dean

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    7 songs

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    3 songs

    '00s Country

    '00s Country
    1 song

Albums by
Billy Dean

Top Songs by
Billy Dean

  1.   Song
  2.   Billy the Kid
  3.   We Just Disagree
  4.   Only Here for a Little While
  5.   O Holy Night
  6.   What Child Is This
  7.   The First Noel
  8.   Silent Night by Dolly Parton
  9.   Away in a Manager
  10.   Little Drummer Boy
  11.   Mary, Did You Know?
  12.   Let Them Be Little
  13.   Billy the Kid
  14.   If There Hadn't Been You
  15.   Somewhere in My Broken Heart
  16.   Drivin' My Life Away
  17.   Young Man
  18.   Somewhere in My Broken Heart
  19.   Tryin' to Hide a Fire in the Dark
  20.   Pay Attention
  21.   Men Will Be Boys
  22.   Gone But Not Forgotten
  23.   Tryin' to Hide a Fire in the Dark
  24.   That Girl's Been Spyin' on Me
  25.   Small Favors
  26.   Play Something We Can Dance To
  27.   It's What I Do
  28.   I Wouldn't Be a Man
  29.   I Wanna Take Care of You
  30.   Hammer Down
  31.   I'm Not Built That Way
  32.   Imagine What I'd Do
  33.   Crazy Beautiful
  34.   A Seed
  35.   You Don't Count the Cost
  36.   When a Woman Cries
  37.   That's What I Like About Love
  38.   Shine On
  39.   She's Taken
  40.   Real Man
  41.   Once in a While
  42.   Intro: Daddy's Will
  43.   Innocent Bystander
  44.   Indian Head Penny
  45.   If I Could Find the Heart (To Love Again)
  46.   Eyes
  47.   Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time
  48.   Daddy's Will
  49.   Leavin' Line
  50.   By My Song
  51.   A Fall in Tennessee
  52.   Laura Nadine
  53.   All the Difference in the World
  54.   Dear John
  55.   I Can't Leave
  56.   Yesterday
  57.   Wish You Were Here
  58.   What Have You Got Against Love
  59.   Two of the Lucky Ones
  60.   This Is the Life
  61.   The Mountain Moved
  62.   The Christ (A Song for Joseph)
  63.   Steamroller
  64.   Starting over Again
  65.   Simple Things
  66.   Race You to the Bottom
  67.   Misery and Gin
  68.   Lowdown Lonely
  69.   Just for Me and You by Hannah Dean
  70.   I'm in Love With You
  71.   I'm a Fool Too
  72.   I'm Not Built That Way
  73.   I Won't Let You Walk Away
  74.   I Will Be Here
  75.   I Shoulda Listened
  76.   Give Me All the Pieces
  77.   Brotherly Love
  78.   Swinging for the Fence
  79.   Saturday Night
  80.   Big Sister
  81.   Made for You and I
  82.   I Don't Need as Much Hell
  83.   Middle of Nowhere
  84.   When Our Backs Are Against the Wall
  85.   Voices Singing
  86.   Tear the Wall Down
  87.   Slow Motion
  88.   Only a Woman Knows
  89.   Love and Bide
  90.   In the Name of Love
  91.   I Can't Find the Words to Say Goodbye
  92.   Cowboy Band
  93.   Only the Wind
  94.   I'm Not Needed Here Now
  95.   Down to Your Last One More
  96.   Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  97.   She Gets What She Wants