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Who is Jim Ed Brown?

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Jim Ed Brown was an American country singer and songwriter who became famous in the 1950s with his two sisters, Bonnie and Maxine, as a member of The Browns. He died on June 11, 2015, just weeks after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas. The Browns were best-known for the 1959 hit "The Three Bells," which spent weeks on the country and pop singles charts. Brown later went on to have a successful solo career and released his first hit, "Pop a Top," in 1967. In the mid 1970s, he joined forces with fellow country singer-songwriter Helen Cornelius. The duo produced a series of best-selling singles, including "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye" and "Born Believer."

Brown also served as host of the syndicated "Country Music Greats Radio Show" and starred in TV programs including "Nashville On The Road," "You Can Be A Star" and "Going Our Way." The singer was an active member of the Grand Ole Opry until late into his life. In September 2014, Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer. He died at the age of 81, leaving his wife, Becky, and their two children, Kim and James.

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