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Jim Ed Brown possessed a fine baritone voice and an unerring instinct for carrying a song. Yet for all his considerable talents, the man is best known for one number, the late-night jukebox favorite “Pop a Top” which, with its eminently hummable chorus and lovelorn lyrics, succinctly and eloquently captured the lonely comforts of a sad song and a bottle of beer. Of course, Jim Ed Brown’s career runs a bit deeper than “Pop a Top””, and the sides featured on The Essential Jim Ed Brown contain many fine examples of well worn, effortlessly graceful country pop. All of the expected topics — faithless women, strong liquor, and lonely barrooms — are covered by tunes like “You Can Have Her”, “Bottle, Bottle” and “Broad-Minded Man.” Only Jim Ed Brown’s very earliest sides such as the doo-wop inflected “The Three Bells” deviate from this basic but enjoyable country-pop template. Even though nothing here approaches the heart-stopping brilliance of “Pop a Top” this collection does much to bolster the reputation of a skilled country singer who deserves to be saved from one-hit wonder purgatory.


Born: March 1, 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...
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