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Since this set features none of Brown's duets with Cornelius, it must be assumed that there is a compilation in the works based solely on that aspect of his career. As for this set, it opens with three mellow Jim and Maxine Brown hits, including the 1956 smash "Looking Back to See." There are four songs by the Browns, including the dreamy ballad "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On." The remainder of the album is devoted to Brown's solo material. While he was smooth, Brown could lay down a good honky tonk, too, as on "Pop a Top," "Southern Loving," and "Barroom Pals and Goodtime Gals." Also included is his slick, finger-popping read of "You Can Have Her." "Bottle, Bottle" is an ode to drinking his pain away: "You give me the strength to go on day to day/You help keep the memories of a lost love away." After calling it his crutch, he asks, "Bottle, bottle why do I love you so much?" There are also plenty of pretty love ballads to go around, such as "Gently Comes Love" and "You're the Part of Me."


Born: 01 March 1934 in Sparkman, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jim Ed Brown came to fame as a member of the '50s vocal group the Browns, where he was the band's lead male vocalist. In 1965, when the group was still together, he embarked on a solo career that would eventually eclipse the success of the Browns. Brown and his older sister, Maxine, began performing while he was still in high school. In 1954, the duo signed a contract with Fabor, releasing five singles on the label. Later that year, their sister Bonnie joined the duo and they became the Browns....
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