Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown dies at 81

Jim Ed Brown
Courtesy: Amanda Van Sandt/Grand Ole Opry

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Longtime Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown has died. He was 81.

Brown’s death Thursday was announced in a news release from Webster Public Relations.

The release said Brown died of cancer at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee.

Brown had hits as a solo singer and part of a duet and trio. He also was a prominent figure on country music television shows in the 1970s and 1980s. He will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year.

With his two sisters, as the trio the Browns, they had the No. 1 hit “The Three Bells” on both the pop and country charts in 1959. The trio recorded for RCA Records from 1954 to 1967.

Sisters Bonnie and Maxine left the group in the mid-1960s to raise their families. Jim Ed then had a solo career, beginning with the hit “Pop-A-Top Again” in 1967. Others were “Morning” in 1970 and “Southern Living” in 1973. His last chart record as a solo was in 1979.

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