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