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#1 in 1959
|The Browns were were a vocal trio best known for their 1959
Grammy-nominated hit, "The Three Bells". The group, composed
of Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie Brown, had a close,
smooth harmony characteristic of the Nashville sound, though their music
also combined elements of folk and pop. James Edward, older sister
Maxine, and younger sister Bonnie Brown sang individually in Pine Bluff,
Arkansas until 1954, when Maxine and Jim Ed signed a record contract as
a singing duo. The Browns appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Dick
Clark's American Bandstand, and followed up with "Scarlet Ribbons"
and "The Old Lamplighter". In 1963, they joined the Grand Ole
Opry; in 1967, the trio disbanded as the popularity of folk music faded.
In 2006, the Browns reunited to perform "The Old Lamplighter"
and "The Three Bells" for the PBS special, Country Pop
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