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