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(Courtesy of Eva Breakenridge)

Above - Eddie Dean circa late 1920s.

(Courtesy of Donn & Nancy Moyer)

Above - early 1980s photo of Eddie Dean.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)

Above - 1976 photo of Eddie Dean and wife Dearest (real name: Lorene Donnelly). They were married on September 11, 1931 in her hometown of Yankton, South Dakota.

(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Dean authored or co-wrote many of the tunes in his movies. However, his biggest songs in terms of airplay, popularity and financial success, were "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart" which was a hit for Jimmy Wakely ... and "I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven", a top seller for Tex Ritter.

Over the years, Dean made a quantity of records, generally recording on lesser known labels. And he was still doing live performances on the west coast and conventions until around the age of eighty.

In his later years, he was a frequent and popular guest at various western film/nostalgia conventions. During evening performances, he would stun the audience with his remarkable talent and superb voice (mid 1970s photo on the left).

On Saturday, August 18, 1988, the sixth Annual Golden Boots awards were held at the Warner Center, Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, California.

Singing cowboy Fred Scott received the Golden Boot Award for his contributions to the western film, and Eddie Dean presented the award to Scott.

Dean was one of the first recipients of a Golden Boot, and he received that recognition at the 1983 award ceremony.

(Courtesy of Andy Southard)

(Courtesy of Debbie Holden)

Above, one of Debbie Holden's prized possessions - an autographed photo of her cousin Eddie Dean circa mid 1950s.

(Courtesy of Debbie Holden)

Above - another autographed Dean photo. This is probably a portrait still which Dean used for publicity purposes, circa 1940.

(Courtesy of C. Craig Coomer)

C. Craig Coomer has a website on his uncle, Clayton 'Lone Ranger' Moore, and the URL is:  The Coomer and Dean families were close friends, and in the photo above, Eddie is giving some shootin' advice to the young C. Craig, circa 1957.

(Courtesy of Ancel Cook)

Above from L-to-R are Clayton Moore, Eddie Dean and Virginia Mayo at the Newhall, California annual walk of fame banquet in the late 1990s.

(Photo by Roger Karnbad, courtesy of Ancel Cook)

Above is a February 6, 1999 photo of singin' cowboys Eddie Dean and Herb Jeffries at a fund raiser at the Iverson Movie Ranch to raise money for Dean's star in Palm Springs. Dean passed away on March 4, 1999, less than a month after this photo was taken.


  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Eddie Dean and Roscoe Ates:

     Eddie Dean:
     Roscoe Ates:

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Eddie Dean (1907-1999) and his wife Lorene 'Dearest' Dean (1911-2002) who are interred at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, California:

The Family Search website (free), (subscription), and California Death Index have information on Eddie Dean, his brother Jimmie, and the Glosup family:

Dean was one of the first recipients of a Golden Boot award, and he received that recognition at the 1983 award ceremony. If you want more info, go to the Golden Boot Awards page on the Old Corral.

Boyd Magers' Western Clippings website has a section on Dean's westerns:

J. David Goldin's RadioGoldIndex website lists several radio programs featuring Eddie Dean. When you get to the site, click "Start Here", then select "Search By Artist", then select D, then scroll down for Eddie Dean radio credits:

The Los Angeles Times and the Independent newspaper in the UK have obituaries on Eddie Dean:

YouTube has an 8 minute video from 1994 when Eddie Dean was awarded a special honor of "Eddie Dean Day" by the Los Angeles city council. Eddie's wife, Dearest is seen with him:

The Western Music Association Hall of Fame includes Eddie Dean as well as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, Rex Allen, Johnny Bond, the Riders of the Purple Sage, more:

Dean is also listed on the State of Texas website as one of their music pioneers:

Paul Vidal has a tribute site to Eddie Dean, the 'Seventh Son':

and Paul also has a discography page on Dean:

Martin Hart's American Widescreen Museum website has info on Cinecolor:

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