Eddie Dean

Date: 1974 June 26
Length: 186 min.
Call Number: OH50


Western singer and film star. Born July 9, 1907. Died March 4, 1999. Real name: Edgar Glosup. Career most active 1930s-1950s. Stage performer, songwriter, recording artist, and motion picture “singing cowboy.” Appeared on the WLS National Barn Dance during the 1930s, and on Town Hall Party during the 1950s. Songwriting credits include “On the Banks of the Sunny San Juan,” “One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart),” and “I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven.”

Interview Summary

1974 June 26
(3 hours, 6 minutes)
Singer Eddie Dean recalls highlights from his entertainment career. Discussion includes his childhood and early musical interests; his early career, including working for the James D. Vaughn Music Company as part of the Vaughn Quartet; selection of his stage name; his early recordings; memories of Fred Rose; missed opportunities; Nashville as the center for country music; the western style of music; his radio career; his move to Hollywood and the start of his movie career; his career as a singing cowboy; the popularity of singing cowboy films during the late 1930s and 1940s; and the pattern of his career from the 1950s forward.