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