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    Jim Ed Brown and the Browns

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    Genre:Country, Classical
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    I Heard the Bluebirds Sing lyrics
    2Just in Time lyrics
    3Ain't Life Sweet lyrics
    4It's That Time of Night lyrics
    5Happy Tracks lyrics
    6Halfway To Heaven lyrics
    The Browns feat. Jim Ed Brown and the Browns
    7Blue Christmas lyrics
    8To Be or Not to Be lyrics
    9Lovin' Arms lyrics
    10Am I That Easy to Forget lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    I Heard the Bluebirds Sing [Camden] [1965]
    The Old Country Church [RCA Victor] [1967]
    The Three Bells [Bear Family] [1993]
    The Best of the Browns [RCA Victor] [1966]
    Just for You [RCA] [1970]
    The Browns Sing Their Hits [RCA Victor] [1960]
    7Sweet Sounds By the Browns [RCA Victor] [1959]
    8Our Favorite Folk Songs [RCA Victor] [1961]
    9Jim and Maxine and Bonnie [RCA Victor] [1957]
    10Town and Country [RCA Victor] [1960]


    In the 1950's, the Nashville Sound was making its mark on
    the 'pop' scene. However, the country genre had so far failed
    to gain a No.1 hit on the pop charts. The closest it had come
    to that achievement was in 1957, when the legendary Patsy
    Cline reached the No.2 spot with 'Walkin' After Midnight'. The
    honor of recording the first country No.1 hit to crossover to
    No.1 on the pop charts was earned by sisters, Maxine and
    Bonnie Brown, and their group's lead singer, brother Jim Ed
    Brown. The group was known as The Browns. The first 'countrypolitan' No. 1 hit was 'The Three Bells'. Ironically, the alternative name for the song was 'Little Jimmy Brown'.

    Jim Ed Brown was born on 1st. April 1934 in Sparkman,
    Arkansas. As a youngster, Jim Ed and his family would gather
    round the radio on a Saturday night to listen to The Grand Ole
    Opry. Jim Ed and his sister, Maxine, would try their own
    harmonies in an effort to emulate their idols from The Opry.
    These activities were encouraged by their parents so, while
    they were still at high school, the duo began to perform in

    By 1952, Jim Ed and Maxine had begun to perform on local
    radio shows; initially with KCLA, Pine Bluff, and later on
    the 'Barnyard Frolics' show with KLRA, Little Rock. In 1954,
    the duo were signed by Fabor Records and released five
    singles on that label. They released a novelty song, 'Looking
    Back To See', which made the Top 10. As well as receiving
    airplay nationwide, Jim Ed and Maxine also appeared on
    national television by medium of The Ernest Tubb Show.

    In 1955, their sister, Bonnie, joined the group and the trio
    became known as 'The Browns'. The trio had another Top 10 hit, 'Here Today And Gone Tomorrow'. They toured with Elvis
    Presley and once again appeared on national television, this
    time on 'Ozark Jubilee'.

    In 1956, The Browns were signed by RCA, an association
    which would last until the group disbanded in 1967. They
    recorded their first album and had two hits 'I Take The
    Chance' and 'I Heard The Bluebirds Sing'. However, in 1957,
    Jim Ed was drafted into the military. So, to keep the group in
    the public eye, Jim Ed's place in the group was taken
    temporarily by another sister, Norma.

    Jim Ed returned to the group following his military service,
    and The Browns recorded 'The Three Bells'. The song was the first hit to attain the position of No. 1 on the country, pop and
    rhythm and blues charts. The success of the group resulted in
    their appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and Dick Clark's
    American Bandstand. The recording sold over one million

    At the 1959 Grammy Awards, The Brown's 'The Three Bells'
    was nominated for both the Record Of The Year and the Best
    Group Or Vocal Performance categories. However, the awards went respectively to Bobby Darin's 'Mack The Knife'
    and to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 'The Battle Hymn Of
    The Republic'. Ironically, the awards for Best Country Song and Best Country and Western Performance went to Johnny Horton's 'The Battle Of New Orleans', categories for which
    neither The Browns nor 'The Three Bells' were nominated.

    The Browns had other major hits, including 'Scarlet
    Ribbons' and 'The Old Lamplighter'. However, by 1963, the
    group had noticed their country folk style was becoming less
    popular so they joined The Grand Ole Opry. Their 1964 album, 'Grand Ole Opry Favorites', exemplifies their work on
    the country stage. They gave their last Opry performance in
    1966. The group had been nominated Vocal Group of the Year
    for eight successive years.

    The Browns disbanded in 1967, but not before Chet Atkins
    gave Jim Ed the chance to record solo for RCA in 1965. Jim
    Ed had hits with 'I'm Just A Country Boy' and 'I Heard From A
    Memory Last Night'. He followed these up with 'Pop A Top', which reached No. 3 on the country charts in 1967. ('Pop A Top' was later recorded with great success by Alan Jackson). Other hits by Jim Ed in the late 60's were 'You Can Have Her'
    which reached No. 18 on the charts but was also covered
    very successfully by Roy Hamilton - and 'Bottle, Bottle' which
    reached No.13.

    Jim Ed continued to appear on The Grand Ole Opry; he had
    become a member in 1963. He hosted Nashville's 'You Can
    Be A Star', appeared on other radio and television shows and
    toured extensively. In 1968 he became a regular at the
    Sahara Tahoe's Jupiter Lounge with a group called The Gems
    and, in 1969, hosted the television show: 'The Country
    Place'. The hit recordings continued too. 'Morning' reached
    No. 4 in 1970; 'Sometime Sunshine' and 'Southern Loving'
    both reached the Top 10 in 1973, as did 'It's That Time Of
    Night' in 1974.

    However, things really started to happen again for Jim Ed
    when he teamed with Helen Cornelius in 1976. 'I Don't Want
    To Marry You', recorded in their first year together, topped
    the country charts. Their 1977 hit 'Saying Hello, Saying I Love
    You, Saying Goodbye' reached No. 2. The duo had six Top 10
    hits in total, including 'If The World Ran Out of Love' and 'You
    Don't Bring Me Flowers' (1978), 'Fools' (1979), and 'Morning
    Comes Too Early' (1980). Their rendition of 'Lying In Love
    With You', whilst not accomplishing this feat, did enter the
    charts at No. 19, constituting the biggest country chart leap in
    history. The duo's final hit 'Don't Bother To Knock' (1981) reached No. 13 on the country charts.

    Jim Ed and Helen had success on the Awards scene too.
    They won the 1977 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as
    being nominated for the same category for the three years
    1978-80. Furthermore, their album, 'I Don't Want To Have To
    Marry You', was nominated for the CMA Album of the Year
    Award in 1977. Jim Ed and Helen went their separate ways in

    Jim Ed continued to record and perform, appearing
    occasionally on The Grand Ole Opry. In 1983 he joined TNN,
    and in the latter part of the decade he opened the Jim Ed
    Theater near Opryland in Nashville. Sisters, Maxine and
    Bonnie again joined Jim Ed in 1996 to record the gospel
    album: 'Family Bible'. Otherwise Jim Ed hosted the TNN travel
    show, 'Going Our Way', with his wife, Becky. He now
    performs with his new band, 'The Company', and is a regular
    on The Grand Ole Opry, appearing about twice a month. Jim
    Ed can also sing in Spanish, German and Japanese.

    In all, Jim Ed Brown released 45 albums. 21 albums were
    recorded with sisters Maxine and Bonnie as The Browns, 6
    with Helen Cornelius and 18 were as a solo artist. Jim Ed's
    work is also included on seven country compilation albums.
    His work included 38 solo hits on RCA. Jim Ed, along with
    sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, has been inducted into the
    Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame. Without doubt, it can
    truly be said that Jim Ed Brown is right in the van of
    'countrypolitan' artists - from the very heart of

    Written by Michael D'Arcy. February 2002, Countrypolitan.

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