Opry Legend Jim Ed Brown, 81, Dies

Jim Ed Brown has died. He was an American country music singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns, and at the time of his death he was eighty-one. He was an Opry legend, who went on to a solo career and became quite successful followed with he and Helen Cornelius having a string of major duet hits.

He fought a brave battle with lung cancer but sadly he lost his fight. And according to a prepared statement, Brown died Thursday (June 11) at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. He was 81 years old.

He was from Sparkman, Ark, and during the beginning of his life, he lived on a farm that had no electricity or running water.

Some hits from the Browns 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,”

Brown did more in his career, he was the host of shows such as, Nashville on the Road, The Country Place, You Can Be a Star and Going Our Way.

Brown first shared his lung cancer diagnosis in September of 2014, but announced he was in remission in January, when he made his return to the Grand Ole Opry stage after releasing his first new album in decades, In Style Again. In March, he was announced as one of the Hall of Fame’s 2015 class. At the 2015 ACM Awards in April, he told Taste of Country he was cancer-free, but in early June, his daughter announced via

Facebook that his cancer had returned.

In April, Brown told Taste of Country that his selection to the Hall of Fame was the crowning achievement of his career.

“I can’t go any higher,” he said. “That’s it. You know, a hit record lasts a week. An award lasts for a year. But this lasts forever.”

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