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