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