Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1992 Billy Dean was one of seven double-winners in the 27th annual Academy Of Country Music awards?

It’s true! It was aired by NBC from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre. He took Top New Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, for "Somewhere In My Broken Heart".

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Here are 5 little known facts about Billy Dean.

  • By the time he was 8 years old he began playing in his father’s band called The Country Rock.
  • Soon thereafter, he began touring in local clubs, and sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way" at his high school graduation.
  • Dean was also a basketball player in high school, and was offered a scholarship to East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. He attended college for one year before dropping out in order to pursue his desired career in music.
  • By the time he was 20, Dean made the finals on the Wrangler Country Star Search, followed by a Male Vocalist win on the television competition Star Search six years later.
  • He has worked as a demo singer and took acting lessons, appearing in television commercials for McDonald's, Chevrolet and Valvoline.