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