Country music singer and entrepreneur Jimmy Dean died today of natural causes. He was 81.
Dean made his mark in both country music and rock n' roll with his 1961 hit "Big Bad John."
It's a song that has endured for decades. In fact, Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn used it during his successful re-election bid in 2008.
Earlier this year, Dean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
He also occasionally took acting roles most notably in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever starring Sean Connery.
But he is perhaps best known for being the man behind Jimmy Dean Sausage.