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Billy Dean

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Billy Dean received a basketball scholarship to attend East Central Junior College in Decatur, MS, where he majored in physical education, but instead of wearing a whistle around his neck, he opted for a guitar strap. Inspired by Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, and Dean Martin, he played the club circuit along the Gulf Coast in Florida and used national talent contests as a vehicle for his music. He made the finals of the Wrangler Country Star Search in 1982, then won as a Male Vocalist champ on Ed McMahon's Star Search program in 1988. Even before the release of his debut album, Young Man, he'd already gone on tour as an opening act for Mel Tillis, Gary Morris, and Ronnie Milsap. In the midst of recording, Dean also dabbled in television. He contributed to commercials for Valvoline, McDonald's, and Chevrolet, and had an acting role in the brief Elvis series on ABC-TV in 1990. He landed bit parts on soap operas and dramas, and even hosted the 1994 season of ABC in Concert Country. Dean followed up his debut with a self-titled 1991 effort for EMI; Fire in the Dark appeared two years later. A 1994 greatest-hits package included the song "Once in a While," written for the soundtrack to the Luke Perry rodeo vehicle 8 Seconds. A greatest-hits collection so early in an artist's career might seem strange, but considering that Dean had already charted seven singles, the release was easy money for Capitol. However, Dean's reign at the top of the charts was short-lived. Despite frequent releases throughout the rest of the 1990s, Dean wasn't able to crack the charts again. After three studio records and a live, fan-club-only disc, Dean issued Love Songs through Capitol in 2000. The collection of previously released material was followed by another, similar collection for Capitol/EMI in 2002. Dean continued to tour through 2003. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  2.   We Just Disagree
  3.   If There Hadn't Been You
  4.   Let Them Be Little
  5.   Billy the Kid
  6.   Only Here for a Little While
  7.   Away in a Manager
  8.   What Child Is This
  9.   The First Noel
  10.   Silent Night by Dolly Parton
  11.   O Holy Night
  12.   Little Drummer Boy
  13.   Mary, Did You Know?
  14.   Somewhere in My Broken Heart
  15.   Innocent Bystander
  16.   That Girl's Been Spyin' on Me
  17.   Tryin' to Hide a Fire in the Dark
  18.   The Christ (A Song for Joseph)
  19.   I Wouldn't Be a Man
  20.   I Will Be Here
  21.   Brotherly Love
  22.   Drivin' My Life Away
  23.   All the Difference in the World
  24.   Young Man
  25.   Wish You Were Here
  26.   Swinging for the Fence
  27.   Play Something We Can Dance To
  28.   Misery and Gin
  29.   Men Will Be Boys
  30.   If I Could Find the Heart (To Love Again)
  31.   I'm Not Built That Way
  32.   Shine On
  33.   I'm Not Built That Way
  34.   Made for You and I
  35.   Imagine What I'd Do
  36.   I Don't Need as Much Hell
  37.   Dear John
  38.   Middle of Nowhere
  39.   I Can't Leave
  40.   Saturday Night
  41.   You Don't Count the Cost
  42.   Yesterday
  43.   When a Woman Cries
  44.   Voices Singing
  45.   The Mountain Moved
  46.   That's What I Like About Love
  47.   Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  48.   Tear the Wall Down
  49.   Starting over Again
  50.   Simple Things
  51.   Real Man
  52.   Lowdown Lonely
  53.   Love and Bide
  54.   Leavin' Line
  55.   Just for Me and You by Hannah Dean
  56.   Intro: Daddy's Will
  57.   I'm a Fool Too
  58.   I Wanna Take Care of You
  59.   I Shoulda Listened
  60.   I Can't Find the Words to Say Goodbye
  61.   Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time
  62.   Daddy's Will
  63.   Cowboy Band
  64.   By My Song
  65.   Big Sister
  66.   Slow Motion
  67.   This Is the Life
  68.   Laura Nadine
  69.   A Fall in Tennessee
  70.   Crazy Beautiful
  71.   When Our Backs Are Against the Wall
  72.   What Have You Got Against Love
  73.   Steamroller
  74.   Small Favors
  75.   She's Taken
  76.   She Gets What She Wants
  77.   Race You to the Bottom
  78.   Pay Attention
  79.   Once in a While
  80.   Indian Head Penny
  81.   In the Name of Love
  82.   I'm in Love With You
  83.   I'm Not Needed Here Now
  84.   I Won't Let You Walk Away
  85.   Hammer Down
  86.   Gone But Not Forgotten
  87.   Give Me All the Pieces
  88.   Eyes
  89.   Only a Woman Knows
  90.   A Seed
  91.   Two of the Lucky Ones
  92.   Only the Wind
  93.   Down to Your Last One More
  94.   Somewhere in My Broken Heart
  95.   It's What I Do
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