- Category : Entertain-Music-Instrumentalist
- Type : PE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 3
American rockabilly pioneer known as the "West Texas Wild Man" because of his energetic stage presence and piano-playing style.
In the mid-1950s he formed the West Texas band, Dean Beard and the Crew Cats, with Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts, who later became the successful 1970s pop duo Seals & Crofts. They released the singles "Rakin' and Scrapin'" and "Party Party.” Beard continued to record for a variety of small labels throughout the 1960s. He remained a popular live act into the 1970s, despite having to battle crippling arthritis resulting from a car accident. He died in Coleman on 4 April 1989. Beard is an inductee of the West Texas Music Hall of Fame.