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Jimmy Dean: Far More Than Just A Country Gentleman
Grand Rants ^ | 06-15-10 | Gerry Ashley

Posted on 06/15/2010 5:38:55 AM PDT by Stoutcat

I’m at that awkward age where I’m able to remember what a great country America has been and how the freedom we have here enables anyone to rise from abject poverty to a millionaire if he/she has the right work ethic and the right values. Maybe that’s why it bothers me so to see what political correctness and the attempts by the Obama administration to “fundamentally change America as we know it” have done to us as a culture as well as a country.

And nothing better illustrates those simple, old-fashioned values than the life of a gentleman who passed away this past week-end: country music star and successful businessman Jimmy Dean. Many people remember him for his Jimmy Dean Sausages (and the folksy advertisements he did for the company). Most people my age and older also remember him for his success in the field of country music.

I’ll always remember him for both, but principally as a country gentleman who stood by his word and expected others to do the same. He personified all of the promise that America offers to those who are willing to work for their goals...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; jimmydean; saralee; sausage

1 posted on 06/15/2010 5:38:56 AM PDT by Stoutcat
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To: Stoutcat

Jimmy Dean also played a Howard Hughes type of character in Daimonds are Forever with Sean Connery


2 posted on 06/15/2010 5:42:48 AM PDT by DM1
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To: Stoutcat

Of all the people I never expected to see paired together in a film I would put Sean Connery and Jimmy Dean at the top of the list but maybe that’s a comment on the madness of the early 70s when the incredible Technicolor creative explosion of the 1960s was having its comedown.

I admit I didn’t know much about Jimmy Dean beyond his novelty hit and the sausage commercials but I loved his honey-dipped accent.


3 posted on 06/15/2010 5:43:05 AM PDT by relictele (.)
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To: Stoutcat

“At the bottom of this pit lies a big, big man: Big John.” :)


4 posted on 06/15/2010 5:49:38 AM PDT by OKSooner ("I can see September from my house.")
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To: Stoutcat

If you listen to the audio at the end of this article, carry tissues.


5 posted on 06/15/2010 5:51:01 AM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: Bearshouse

You beat me to it. I’m listening now, and it’s fantastic.


6 posted on 06/15/2010 6:02:16 AM PDT by bcsco (First there was Slick Willie. Now there's "Oil Slick" Barry...)
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To: Stoutcat

Very nice tribute to Jimmy Dean and his very nice tribute to mom.

R.I.P. Jimmy Dean

Condolences to his family and friends.

love


7 posted on 06/15/2010 6:03:37 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
IOU

Corrected.

9 posted on 06/15/2010 6:08:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Stoutcat

Every morning at the mine, you could see him arrive...he stood 6 foot 6 and weighed two fory-five...kinda broad at the shoulders and narrow at the hips...and everybody knew you didn’t give no lip...to Big John...


10 posted on 06/15/2010 6:08:21 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Stoutcat

I remember Jimmy Dean appearing on the old Daniel Boone show which starred Fess Parker.


11 posted on 06/15/2010 6:17:55 AM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Stoutcat
For years I kept a copy of these lyrics taped to my refrigerator as a reminder. They say a lot about the man.

"DRINKING FROM MY SAUCER aka MY CUP RUNNETH OVER; DRINK FROM THE SAUCER"
Jimmy Dean

"I never made a fortune and it's probably too late now
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's journey, I'm reaping better than I sowed
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

I ain't got a lot of riches, and sometimes the goings tough
but I've got kids who love me and that makes me rich enough
I just thank God for his blessings and the mercies he's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong, and my faith got a little thin
but then all at once the dark clouds broke, and the sun peeked through again
so Lord help me not to gripe about the tough rows I hoed
I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed.

And if God gives me strength and courage, when the way grows steep and rough
I'll not ask for another blessing, I'm already blessed enough
And may I never be too busy to help another bear his load
I'll keep drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed."

12 posted on 06/15/2010 6:22:14 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (The 0bama regime represents an "Clear and Present Danger" to the US - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Stoutcat
He also did PT-109--a song that probably is not too popular among members of FR.
13 posted on 06/15/2010 6:25:31 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Yeah, but how about those breakfast sausages? Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good!


14 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:37 AM PDT by pingman (Price is what you pay, value is what you get.)
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To: Stoutcat

Thanks for posting this FRiend, I am embarrassed to say that I somehow missed the news of Jimmy Dean’s passing this past Sunday, he was always one of my favorite country artists, and Jimmy Dean sausage became one of my favorite breakfast items too.

Jimmy Dean was also a United States Air Force veteran, having served in the late 1940’s.

Rest in Peace Sir.


15 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:42 AM PDT by mkjessup
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To: Stoutcat

For those of you that don’t really know Jimmy Dean he was a royal jerk.


16 posted on 06/15/2010 6:28:45 AM PDT by ArkansasBushfan
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To: ArkansasBushfan
Well, he did burn his bridges in Texas for as his sausage business goes. His corn suppliers and hog producers went co-op and held out for higher prices...he wouldn't pay and moved his operations up north.
17 posted on 06/15/2010 6:39:33 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: pingman
My favorite Jimmy Dean song--Bumming Around (1953)
18 posted on 06/15/2010 6:51:40 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Deaf Smith

So as a businessman, his suppliers raised their prices, he found it cheaper elsewhere, and moved there.

What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that how a free market is supposed to work?


19 posted on 06/15/2010 6:53:51 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird
I didn't state it was wrong. He was a man of his word and his suppliers didn't believe that he would leave Texas if they didn't move back to market price.

Others may know if he ever visited Plainview after that.

20 posted on 06/15/2010 7:15:51 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: ArkansasBushfan
For those of you that don’t really know Jimmy Dean he was a royal jerk.

OK, it was over a week ago that he died, but that man is from my old home town in Plainview. I never met the man, but I knew a bunch of his kin when I was in school out in the Panhandle. Some of them prolly still live around here in the Metromess, I know they used to. And I've met a bunch of Texans over the years who didn't think he was that bad a guy. All men are jerks, as far as I know. I know I am, sometimes. So backoff Arkie, say nothing but good of the dead.

21 posted on 06/22/2010 5:30:48 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (US out of the UN - UN out of the US)
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