Jim Ed Brown 1934-2015
Jim Ed Brown has died from lung cancer at the age of 81 in Franklin, Tennessee on June 11, 2015.
He was born James Edward Brown in Sparkman, Arkansas on April 1, 1934.
The Browns and Elvis Presley
Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie formed the group The Browns and their first hit song was Looking Back To See If You Were Looking Back At Me which went to #8 on country charts in 1954. Jim Ed wrote the song, which was recorded in later years by other artists. The Browns biggest hit was Three Bells recorded in 1959 and I heard a southern gospel group singing the song about 55 years later. The Browns broke up in 1967 as Jim Ed became a soloist.
Jim Ed and Maxine singing Looking Back To See many years later after the original recording from 1954.
Brown had five Top 10 songs as a soloist with Pop a Top going to #3 in 1967, then Morning peaked at #4 in 1970, and Southern Lovin’ in 1973 topped out at #6, and his last Top 10 hits were 1974’s Sometime Sunshine and It’s That Time of Night both peaked at #10.
Jim Ed Brown singing Ain’t You Even Going To Cry
Brown revealed in September of 2014, that he was being treated for lung cancer. He announced in January that his cancer was in remission, but it was announced on June 3 by his daughter Kim, that the cancer had returned somewhere else, but not in the lungs. Then 9 days later he died in Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee.
Bill Anderson gave him his Country Music Hall of Fame medallion on June 4, since Brown wouldn’t be alive for his CMA Hall of Fame induction this fall.
Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius singing their #1 hit I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You
Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius formed a duet that began in 1976. Their recording of I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You went to #1 on the country chart. Five other singles made the Top 10 country charts.
Jim Ed and Helen singing I’m Leavin’ It Up To You
Country music has lost another of the icons in Jim Ed Brown. RIP