Billy Dean (born William Harold Dean, Jr., April 2, 1962 in Quincy, Florida) is an American country music singer and songwriter, who first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition Star Search. Active as a recording artist since 1991, he has recorded a total of eight studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His biggest solo hits are "Only Here for a Little While", "Somewhere in My Broken Heart", and "If There Hadn't Been You", all reached peaks of #3 on the country music charts.
Dean's string of hits continued in the early- and mid-1990s, with songs like "You Don't Count the Cost" (1991); "Only the Wind," "Billy the Kid" and "If There Hadn't Been You" (all 1992); "Tryin' to Hide a Fire in the Dark" (1993); "We Just Disagree" (a remake of the 1970s Dave Mason hit) (1993); "It's What I Do" and "That Girl's Been Spying on Me" (both 1996).
During the late 1990s, his career slowed down a bit, because he wanted to be a full-time father to his children. He however made several television appearances, including "One Life to Live" and "Wings." He and Alison Krauss sang backup on Kenny Rogers' 2000 single "Buy Me a Rose". At the time, the song made Kenny the oldest artist to score a country #1; it also marked the only time that Dean reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
In 2004, Dean was signed to Asylum Curb, where he began a comeback with the single "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (a remake of John Denver's classic). In early 2005, he released the album Let Them Be Little, which featured both "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and the title track. "Let Them Be Little" was co-written by Richie McDonald, who at the time was the lead singer of Lonestar; Lonestar also recorded the song on their 2005 album Let's Be Us Again. Dean's version of the song became his first Top Ten hit on the country charts in nearly nine years.
RAYMOND CULVER CAGWIN | JOSEPH T. PREUCIL | BILLY DEAN SMITH | RUSSELL E. POTTINGER | RAYMOND L. POMORSKI | IRENE N. BENSON | MR. ISAAC J. SMITH III
Sep 08, 1997; Raymond Culver Cagwin | Joseph T. Preucil | Billy Dean Smith | Russell E. Pottinger | Raymond L. Pomorski | Irene N. Benson |...
A country-style Christmas ; Kenny Rogers, Billy Dean and Rebecca Lynn Howard to light up the Civic Center with superstar country power in a holiday show tonight.
Dec 16, 2004; Portland Press Herald (Maine) 12-16-2004 A country-style Christmas ; Kenny Rogers, Billy Dean and Rebecca Lynn Howard to light up...