The Grand Ole Opry is all about remembering those who have passed away, especially the country greats who pass away. Well, they didn’t fail in the case of Jim Ed Brown, who passed away on June 11, 2015 from lung cancer. In fact, with a performance from Vince Gill, it was an enthusiastic moment that celebrated Brown’s life, rather than mourning his loss.
“I have only sung this one time in my life…and I’m going to try it again.”
Gill performned “Pop a Top“, which Brown made a hit in 1967, with the song making a come back in 1999, after Alan Jackson did a cover of it. Brown started his career performing with his sisters, who were known as “The Browns”. But he went solo, and from there became a star in his own right. He was later, an active member of the Grand Ole Opry up to his death, and performed on the Opry stage frequently. His final album was released in early 2015 before his passing, titled “In Style Again“.
A country classic that is sure to be missed, Brown will be remembered in his great music and at the Grand Ole Opry where he spent so much of his musical career. Check out Gill’s tribute below and Brown performing “Pop a Top” below.