Jimmy Dean

Mr. Country Music

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The liner notes refer to the ten songs on Mr. Country Music as "Dean hits," but in fact none of the songs were hits for Jimmy Dean. A few were hits for other artists, including "Sam Hill," Hank Williams' "There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight," and the chestnut "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," but most have never been hits for anyone. Released on Columbia's budget label after Dean left for RCA, Mr. Country Music is a repackaging of album tracks that rounds up a few interesting items for fans who want to dig a little deeper into Dean's catalog. "Little Boy Lost" begins as a tragic story-song but has a happy ending, and "You Should See Tennessee, Mam'selle" is a snappy number with novel background vocals. The ballads, not being Dean's strong suit, tend to drag, and nothing here resembles the recitations and "Big Bad John"-type narrative songs heard on Dean's most popular records.

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