Country Music Singer, Television Entertainer. Brown was a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had hits as a solo artist, as part of a duet and as a member of a trio, and was also featured prominently on country music television shows in the 1970s and 1980s. Brown and his two sisters, Bonnie and Maxine, performed as the Browns and scored a No. 1 hit in 1959 with "The Three Bells" on both the pop and country charts. In the mid-1960s, Jim Ed pursued a solo career and had hits with "Pop-A-Top Again" (1967), "Morning" (1970) and "Southern Living" (1973). In the mid-1970s, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius and the duo had hits with "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You,", "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye" (both in 1976), "Lying in Love With You" (1979), "Fools" (1979) and "Don't Bother to Knock" (1981). They were voted the Country Music Association's duo of the year in 1977. In 1975, Brown began a six-season run as co-host, with Jerry Clower, of the syndicated weekly TV show 'Nashville on the Road' and in 1983, he began hosting "You Can Be a Star" on the old Nashville Network cable channel for six years. Brown, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year, had battled lung cancer for the past several years.
Bio by: Louis du Mort