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Big Bad John

Written by on September 27, 2020

Released in September of 1961, “Big Bad John” performed by Jimmy Dean quickly rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 by early November. “Big Bad John” is the collaborative work of Jimmy Dean and Roy Acuff.

Jimmy Dean,Big Bad John

“I wrote the song in an hour and a half while flying to Nashville for a recording session.”

In 1962 Dean had the winning Best Country & Western Recording which earned him the Grammy Award, as well as a nomination for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

The song become the 100th US number one single of the Rock and Roll era. It would prove to be his only chart topper, although he would have another Top Ten record with “P.T. 109” the next year.


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  1. David Pugh   On   October 20, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    I loved Jimmy Dean, and I watched his weekly television show every week, from my home in West Virginia. My dad was transferred to Northern Ky. in 1965. Being on the Ohio River, we were just minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1966, my mom and I went to see Jimmy Dean at the Cincinnati Gardens. He was a huge star, obviously, from his Syndicated TV show, and hit songs like Big Bad John. We had taken our seats, and we were ready to see Jimmy Dean. The lights dimmed, and the PA announcer informed us that a small group from Middletown, Ohio was going to entertain us before Jimmy Dean was brought on. I had never heard of the group who was opening, but it turned out to be the Osborne Brothers. Wow, I was about to get hooked on Bluegrass. The crowd roared with applause for Sonny and Bobby. Nobody wanted them to leave the stage. I left there that day, totally into this new group. I went out and bought a mandolin, and began to learn songs by the Osborne Brothers. From that day on, bluegrass had a special place in my heart. I have always loved traditional country, bluegrass, and gospel. As a singer, and band leader, I shared all of these genres everywhere we performed. I went into radio, during the mid seventies, and worked for many AM and FM stations playing the genres I loved. Jump ahead to 2019, that’s when I began a new radio show, Mountain Bluegrass with David Pugh. I am proud to be doing my show live, every Sunday night, on streaming radio that gets out to the world.
    *Thank you, Jimmy Dean.*
    ~David M. Pugh~
    On Air Radio Personality
    Mountain Bluegrass
    Sunday nights
    9:00 pm.est.- 1:00 am.est.


    • Pat Hannold   On   November 9, 2020 at 12:15 am

      I loved that tune ! I still have the 45rpm and it’s a wonder you can’t see right through it for as many times as I played it. Probably few people remember the B side of that record, But I loved it too. The song…. ” I won’t go huntin with you Jake, but I’ll go chasin women “

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