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