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Country Music Legend, Jim Ed Brown, Dies At 81

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Country music legend, James Edward "Jim Ed" Brown passed away June 11 at the age of 81 from lung cancer. It was announced in September 2014 that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. In early 2015 he was in remission, but unfortunately, the cancer returned, which he announced June 3rd, and passed a week later.

Born in Sparkman, Arkansas, Jim Ed rose to fame in the 1950s with his sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, as a member of The Browns. He broke away from the trio in the 60s and started his solo career. He wasn't just a singer, but also a radio host on the popular country music program called Country Music Greats Radio Show.

The Browns with Elvis Presley

Jim Ed's first major hit was "Pop A Top" in 1967, as it peaked at #1. Other popular songs were "Morning", "Southern Loving", and "I Don't Want To Have To Marry You". He performed many duets with Helen Cornelius up until 1981.


He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1963 and was an active member until the very end. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in June. When it was announced that his cancer had returned, a close friend of Jim Ed's, "Whispering" Bill Anderson, visited him in the hospital to present him with the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion. "It was sad, but in a beautiful way, because we were making him happy," Anderson said, according to The Tennessean. "Jim Ed was pretty emotional. He was very lucid. He laughed and he cried, and you could tell just how proud he was."

Because Jim Ed was having trouble breathing, he wondered aloud to Bill if he'd be able to sing in Heaven, since it was so hard to do so in his condition. "I said, 'Well, Jim Ed, if you get up there and find you can't sing, no worries,'" Bill Anderson told The Tennessean. "I'll loan you my license to whisper. You can steal my act until I get there.' He started laughing, and he laughed until tears were running down his face." And then the country music legend proceeded to sing the chorus of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" as his other guests joined in.

Jim Ed Brown leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Becky, and his daughter and son. You will be missed dearly.

POP A TOP - LYRICS

Pop a top again
I've just got time for one more round
Set 'em up my friend
Then I'll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

I'd like for you to listen to
A joke I heard today
From a woman who said she was through
And calmly walked away

I tried to smile and did awhile
But it felt so out of place
Did you ever hear of a clown with teardrops
Streaming down his face

Pop a top again
I think, I'll have another round
Another one my friend
Then I'll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

All to me is misery
And here I'm wasting time
'Cause a row of fools on a row of stools
Is not what's on my mind

But then you see her leaving me
Is not what I prefer
So it's either here, a drinking beer
Or home remembering her

Pop a top again
I think, I'll have another round
Another one my friend
Then I'll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

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