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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
    4 songs

    '00s Country

    '00s Country
    1 song

Albums by
Billy Dean

Top Songs by
Billy Dean

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