The country music world is in mourning this week after it was revealed that legendary singer Bonnie Brown died on Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. She was 78 years-0ld.
Taste of Country reported that Bonnie rose to fame with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Maxine as a member of their group The Browns. The trio earned national fame in the 1950s with a long line of hits that included “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow,” “I Take the Chance,” “Just as Long as You Love Me,” “Money,” “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing,” “Would You Care” and “Beyond the Shadow.”
The Browns biggest hit came in 1959 with “The Three Bells,” which reached No. 1 in both country and pop.
The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1963, but both Bonnie and Maxine decided to retire in 1967. Jim Ed then continued without them as a solo act until he died in 2015.
Bonnie resurfaced in October of 2015 when she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The organization’s CEO Kyle Young released the following statement after her death:
“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. Bonnie offered harmony offstage as well. She brought 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 breaking 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 her sister Maxine. Rest in peace, Bonnie Brown!