Jim Ed Brown
April 1, 1934 in Sparkman
June 11, 2015
Sparkman, Arkansas, United States
Jim Ed Brown and The Browns were an American family singing group from Sparkman, Arkansas made up of Jim Ed Brown and his sisters, Maxine Brown and Bonnie Brown. Country music singers, they sang individually at rural venues until 1954 when Maxine Brown, and younger brother Jim Ed, signed a record contract as a singing duo. Eighteen-year-old Bonnie joined the group in 1955, and the following year they were signed by Chet Atkins, RCA Victor Records producer in Nashville, Tennessee. The family trio recorded several songs that met with only modest success until 1959, when their 45 rpm folk single called "The Three Bells" was a no.