Jimmy Dean honors Country music month on ‘Sullivan’ in 1967

Jimmy Dean

Ed Sullivan welcomed Jimmy Dean and his Cimarron Singers to the show on October 8, 1967. They performed a medley of hits, including ‘Tennessee Waltz,’ ‘Anytime,’ ‘Born to Lose,’ ‘Oh Lonesome Me,’ and ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You.’

Jimmy Dean

The background singers begin ‘Tennessee Waltz’ as Jimmy Dean walks out on stage. He notes that it is interesting they are singing the ‘Tennessee Waltz’ because he is a Texan. He quickly adds that he records his music in Tennessee.

Jimmy tells the audience that it is country music month. He introduces the medley by saying, ‘With a sincere hope that whether you’re really a fan of country music or not, that maybe we’ll run across one that might be a particular favorite of yours.’

Jimmy Dean

The background singers begin singing ‘Anytime,’ dressed in blue suits to complement Jimmy’s black suit. They perform against a sky and cloud backdrop. When Jimmy sings lead, the background singers’ lights are blacked out.

Jimmy begins the slower tempo of ‘Born to Lose,’ adding soul to his voice for the bluesy-style tune. He starts snapping as the tempo picks up for ‘Oh, Lonesome Me,’ with a big band accompaniment.

Jimmy Dean

Strings and powerful drums lead into the final song, ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You.’ Jimmy sings with a big smile on his face as each song elicits applause from the audience when it begins.

As a bonus, Jimmy adds in ‘Jambalaya on the Bayou.’ This rip-roaring song features incredible trumpet riffs and bombastic drumming. It is the perfect closer to a fantastic medley of tunes from the great Jimmy Dean on ‘Sullivan.’

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