Between 1979 and 1983, as an artist Dean Dillon charted eight times, and broke the Top 30 with "I'm into the Bottle (To Get You Out of My Mind)." He also wrote hits for other country stars, like the 1983 George Jones hit "Tennessee Whiskey." These successes established Dillon as a performer and songwriter. He had considerable success with George Strait, who took five of his songs to the charts between 1981 and 1988. Dillon's songwriting career thrived for the rest of the 1990s, as he continued to work with Strait and newer faces like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack. In 2002, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (along with Bob Dylan and Shel Silverstein). At present, Dean is still cranking out the hits, and just this year recorded a duet with his friend and hero, George Strait. "West Texas Town," co-written with the fabulous Robert Earl Keen, can be found on Strait's Troubadour album. To date Dillon has had more than 50 songs recorded by King George alone.