NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country singer Maxine Brown of the sibling group The Browns, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later in Oct. 2015, has died. She had been the last surviving member of the family trio. She was 87 years old.
The Browns, which included Maxine, Jim Ed and Bonnie, had a huge crossover hit with their version of “The Three Bells” in 1959, as well as top country songs like “I Take the Chance” and “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing.”
The Browns started their singing careers in Pine Bluff. Two of them had been born in Sparkman (Dallas County).
They were also good friends with Elvis.
Bonnie Brown died in 2016 and Jim Ed Brown passed away in 2015.
“Maxine Brown’s voice joined in harmony with brother Jim Ed and sister Bonnie to create the smoothest vocal blend in country music history. Offstage, Maxine was an absolute delight. She was reverent about things worth revering, and riotously irreverent about every other thing. In song and in conversation, Maxine Brown made people smile. The world is a duller place without her,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in a Facebook post.
The Browns singing “The Three Bells,” courtesy YouTube: