Bonnie Jean Brown (July 31, 1938-July 16, 2016) was an American country music singer and member of the Browns, a trio popular in the 1950s.
by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | July 18, 2016
Country Music Hall of Famer Bonnie Brown Dies at 77
Bonnie Brown, one-third of the Hall of Fame group The Browns, passed away on Saturday, July 16, following complications from lung cancer. The Arkansas nativ was 77 years old.
Bonnie's love for music was evident at a young age and she began singing in school and at church functions. Her older siblings, Maxine and Jim Ed, performed together in the early 50s, and after Bonnie graduated from high school, she joined the group, expanding it to a trio.
The Browns performed on The Louisiana Hayride and found chart success with «I Take the Chance» and «I Heard the Bluebirds Sing». In 1959, the trio recorded one of the biggest hits of the era with «The Three Bells», which topped Billboard's Country charts and led to appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
As the Browns helped define the Nashville sounds of the 50s and '60s, the hits continued with «Scarlet Ribbons», «The Old Lamplighter» and «Then I'll Stop Loving You». The Browns where invited to become Grand Ole Opry members in 1963. In 1967 Bonnie and Maxine decided to leave the trio to spend more time
with their families, and Jim Ed embarked on a very successful solo career. In March 2015, The Browns were announced as new inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame. «When Bonnie Brown joined her brother, Jim Ed, and her sister, Maxine, in song, the siblings created an incomparable harmony: the smoothest and most elegant blend in country music,» said Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame CEO. «Bonnie offered harmony offstage as well. She bought people together with regal grace and kindness. She lived a remarkable life, singing on grand stages, raising a beloved family, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame, and braking up with young Elvis Presley because he was, she said, a lousy kisser. Today, she is reunited with Jim Ed, and with her husband of 56 years, Brownie Ring».
Bonnie is survived by daughters Kelly Bulleit and Robin Shaver and sister Maxine.
Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bonnie Brown was born in Sparkman, Arkansas into a musical family. In 1955, at age 18, she joined her older sister Maxine Brown and brother Jim Ed Brown, who were already performing as a duo, to form the musical trio the Browns. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit when their folk-pop single "The Three Bells" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop and country charts. The single held the No. 1 spot on the pop charts for 4 weeks, and on the country charts for ten.
The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1965 and disbanded in 1967.
Unlike her siblings, Bonnie did not pursue a solo music career after the Browns dissolved, though the trio did reunite twice: in the 1980s, and in 2006 for a TV special Country Pop Legends.
In 2015, the trio was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On September 28, 2015, she announced that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma right lung cancer. Brown died of the illness on July 16, 2016, fifteen days before her 78th birthday. She was survived by her daughter, Kelly Ring, co-anchor of the evening news at WTVT-TV in Tampa, Florida.
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