Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John

Soared to the top of the charts upon its release, clinching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts. Its enduring popularity even earned Dean a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

Unraveling the Legend: Jimmy Dean’s «Big Bad John»

Ever stumbled upon a tune that instantly grips your soul, beckoning you into a world of mystery and intrigue? Look no further than Jimmy Dean’s iconic «Big Bad John.» Let’s delve into the depths of this timeless classic, uncovering its secrets and unraveling the legend behind it.

The Tale Unfolds: What’s «Big Bad John» All About?

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
Lp cover Jimmy Dean ( Columbia 1961 )
Recorded in 1961, «Big Bad John» transports listeners to the rugged terrain of a coal mine, where the enigmatic figure of John, a larger-than-life character, reigns supreme. Penned by Jimmy Dean himself, the song narrates the story of a mighty miner whose bravery and selflessness echo through the shafts of the mine. Produced by Don Law, this masterpiece found its home in Dean’s album «Big Bad John and Other Fabulous Songs and Tales.»

The Resonance of «Big Bad John» in Country Music Lore

«Big Bad John» soared to the top of the charts upon its release, clinching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts. Its enduring popularity even earned Dean a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. But beyond its chart-topping success, the song embodies the essence of storytelling woven into the fabric of country music.
Intriguingly, the lyrics capture the essence of camaraderie and sacrifice, themes deeply rooted in the American spirit. As listeners hang onto every word, they’re transported to the depths of the mine, standing shoulder to shoulder with Big Bad John himself.




Jimmy Dean: More Than a Country Music Star

Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John
Jimmy Dean’s legacy extends far beyond «Big Bad John.» As a singer, actor, and entrepreneur, Dean carved his name into the annals of entertainment history. Boasting a string of number one hits and a captivating stage presence, Dean’s influence reverberates through the corridors of country music.
From hosting his own television show to founding a successful sausage company, Dean’s entrepreneurial spirit knew no bounds. Yet, amidst his multifaceted career, it’s his music that remains etched in our hearts, with «Big Bad John» standing as a testament to his storytelling prowess.
In the realm of country music, few songs possess the allure and mystique of Jimmy Dean’s «Big Bad John.» From its gripping narrative to Dean’s masterful delivery, this timeless classic continues to captivate audiences, transcending generations with its enduring charm. So, the next time you find yourself craving a taste of authentic storytelling, press play on «Big Bad John» and immerse yourself in its captivating tale.

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Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John Lyrics

[Intro]
(Big John)
(Big John)
[Verse 1]
Ev’ry mornin’ at the mine you could see him arrive
He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew, ya didn’t give no lip to Big John
[Chorus]
(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
[Verse 2]
Nobody seemed to know where John called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone
He didn’t say much, he kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, he just said, «Hi» to Big John
[Verse 3]
Somebody said he came from New Orleans
Where he got in a fight over a Cajun Queen
And a crashin’ blow from a huge right hand
Sent a Louisiana fellow to the Promised Land, Big John
[Chorus]
(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
[Verse 4]
Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin’
Miners were prayin’ and hearts beat fast
And everybody thought that they’d breathed their last, ‘cept John
[Verse 5]
Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the miners knew well
Grabbed a saggin’ timber, gave out with a groan
And like a giant Oak tree, he just stood there alone, Big John
[Chorus]
(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
[Verse 6]
And with all of his strength he gave a mighty shove
Then a miner yelled out, «There’s a light up above»
And twenty men scrambled from a would-be grave
Now there’s only one left down there to save, Big John
[Verse 7]
With jacks and timbers they started back down
Then came that rumble way down in the ground
And then smoke and gas belched out of that mine
Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big John
[Chorus]
(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
[Verse 8]
Now they never reopened that worthless pit
They just placed a marble stand in front of it
These few words are written on that stand
At the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man, Big John
[Chorus]
(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
(Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)

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Single Jimmy Dean ( Columbia 1961 )
Single Jimmy Dean ( Columbia 1961 )

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