O.K. Who remembers the names of Jim Ed Brown's sisters ...?

and what was their signature song...also what female singer did he later team up with?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Maxine and Bonnie were his sisters and Helen Cornelius was the gal that he teamed up with for his best duets. I think that "The Three Bells" hit No. 1 in the late '50's.

  • Jo
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    1 decade ago

    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'.

    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.

    The Browns disbanded in 1967, but not before Chet Atkins gave Jim Ed the chance to record solo for RCA in 1965.

    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'

    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 1981.

  • 1 decade ago

    Maxine and Bonnie brown

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