Nov 06, 2014
By Valerie Massie
On November 6th, 1961, Jimmy Dean started a five week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with ‘Big Bad John’, a No. 2 on the UK chart. Jimmy went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.
The song and its sequels tell a story typical of American folklore, reminiscent of Paul Bunyan or John Henry. Big Bad John was also the title of a 1990 television movie starring Dean.