The Jimmy Dean Show

ABC (ended 1966)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 27

    April 1, 1966

    Aired 4/1/66

  • S 3 : Ep 26

    March 25, 1966

    Aired 3/25/66

  • S 3 : Ep 24

    March 11, 1966

    Aired 3/11/66

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    March 4, 1966

    Aired 3/4/66

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    February 25, 1966

    Aired 2/25/66

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jimmy Dean

    Himself/Host

  • Jim Henson

    Rowlf the Dog (voice)

  • Molly Bee

    Herself

  • The Imperials

    Regular back-up singers

  • Peter Matz Orchestra

    Themselves

  • show Description
  • The Jimmy Dean Show a variety hour featured Jimmy Dean welcoming country and pop acts of the era, along with comedians and other favorites. He also bantered with Rowlf (Jim Henson's piano-playing Muppet hound). Jim Henson was the left hand, the head and the voice of Rowlf. Frank Oz was the right hand and the handle props. Jimmy Dean's first television exposure came in 1957, when he had a self-titled daily CBS series that was based in Washington. He also had a primetime series that ran during the summer of '57 and featured primarily country talent and older popular acts. The daytime series ran from April to December 1957, and again from September 1958 to June 1959. Regulars included Molly Bee, Ron Martin (a comic singer who never seemed to finish a song), Roger Price and Mort Marshall (whom, as Lud and Lester, did a comedy act) and the Jubilee Four, a gospel act who closed out each show and the Peter Matz Orchestra. The 1963 incarnation of The Jimmy Dean Show ran for three seasons on ABC, with the show going "on location" during the final year. The most notable telecast occured in October 1965, when the show featured the first Country Music Association Awards show. In addition to "Big, Bad John," Jimmy Dean's hits include another No. 1 hit, "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)" (1965), "P.T. 109" (1962, depicting the wartime career of President John F. Kennedy), "To A Sleeping Beauty" (1962) and "I.O.U." (1976, a Mother's Day tribute). He later hosted a syndicated series (another self-titled entry) from 1973-1975. Today, of course, Jimmy Dean is best known for his pork sausage business. To many classic country fans, however, he'll always be known for his saga songs and his easy-going crooning style.moreless

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    • Network rerun May 7, 1964.

    • "Bless 'Em All" is a World War II ballad sung by Jane Morgan.

    • March 12, 1964 was a repeat episode.

    • Network rerun May 14th, 1964.

    • The Blue Boys at the time were Dean Manuel on piano, Leo Jackson playing lead guitar, Bud Logan on electric bass, and Jimmy Orr keeping the beat on drums.

    • Network rerun August 12, 1965.

    • Network rerun May 20, 1965.

    • Network rerun June 24, 1965.

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    • The Geezinslaw Brothers (Sam Allred and Dewane 'Sonny' Smith) were discovered by Arthur Godfrey in 1961 in Austin during a talent audition for Godfrey's radio program.

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  • Musical Variety.

    By crazyrhythm, Sep 24, 2005