It was 1962 at the 4th Annual Grammy Awards held at Chicago, Los Angeles and New York when Jimmy Dean won Best Country & Western Recording for Big Bad John.
In those days it was referred to as Country Music. It’s important to remember the history of such songs, at least in my opinion. Here’s why.
The song and its sequels tell a story typical of American folklore, reminiscent of Paul Bunyan or John Henry. Big Bad John was also the title of a 1990 television movie starring Dean. Now that is history, and for sure worth remembering. And back in those days there was no internet, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Snapchat…
Heck for many there was no TV and Radio. If that was a hit today, one could make the case it would “blow up”. Of course it’s just my opinion. Occasionally I mention on the air that we play both kinds of music here, country and western.