Born in Sparkman, Arkansas in April of 1934, Jim Ed Brown has been a successful country artist since the 1950s. He began as a member of the The Browns, a trio consisting of him and his two sisters, Maxine and Bonnie. In 1954, Jim Ed and Maxine were signed to a record contract as a duo. A year later, their younger sister joined them in the band and they began singing on Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport and eventually on KWTO-AM in Springfield, Missouri. In 1963, they joined the list as members of the Grand Ole Opry. Just four short years later, the group disbanded and Jim Ed continued to perform solo.
The Browns’ managed to make their way into the Top 10 a multitude of times during their career as a family band. Their first song “Looking Back to See” stayed in the charts all throughout the summer of 1954. The next year brought country fans the song “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” and the band yet another appearance on the Top 10 charts. They also gained fame with songs like “I’ll Take the Chance” (a Number Two hit), “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing” (Number Four), “Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)” (Number Seven), and “The Three Bells” (a Number One hit).
On his own, Jim Ed Brown released just over fifty singles on more than twenty albums. Songs like “Pop a Top,” “Morning,” “Southern Loving” and “Sometime Sunshine” all reached the Top 10 charts as well.
In ’76, Jim Ed joined together with Helen Cornelius and, together, they released a string of hits. “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You,” their first duet, reached Number One on the charts. More included “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye,” “Born Believer,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “Lying in Love with You.” Cornelius occasionally reunites with Brown on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
Jim Ed has also hosted the country radio show Jim Ed Brown’s Country Place and the TV show Nashville On The Road. In past years, he has also been the host of You Can Be A Star and Going Our Way, both on The Nashville Network and the latter of which featuring him and his wife and their travels across the U.S. in an RV. Currently, Brown is the host of the Country Greats Radio Show, which is broadcast to more than 300 radio stations a week as well as on the Internet. The show mixes the sounds of the 1940s through the 1990s, while including interviews with some of the stars throughout those decades.