1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Browns Maxine, (b.1932), Jim Ed, (b.1934), Bonnie, (b.1937)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: The Three Bells 1959
Browns had one other hit song in the sixties, The Old Lamplighter in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1959-1961 Record Label: RCA Victor
The Dixie-born brother and sister duo of Jim Ed Brown and Maxine Brown were joined by younger sister Bonnie in 1955 and performed in schools and on local radio and TV programs. By the end of 1955, the trio had a hit with Here Today and Gone Tomorrow, which was given a boost by their national appearances on ‘The Ozark Jubilee.’ By the late 50s, the Browns teamed with RCA’s visionary producer Chet Atkins to create idealized songs of small-town life but their biggest hit was a song whose origin was not even American. The Three Bells, actually a translation of a 1952 song by French chanteuse Edith Piaf, spent weeks on the country charts in 1959 and #1 on the pop charts. Their polished country sound provided cross-over hits and the Browns appeared on TV with Ed Sullivan and Jimmy Dean.