Country Music People March 2019 - Page 7

Honours Winners of the SOURCE Hall of Fame have been announced: Sarah Brosmer, associated with WMFD Radio, Ray Stevens Music, PolyGram, Compleat Records, MCA Records, Sony Records, and Lytle Management; Gayle Hill, Epic Records, G. Hill & Company, Sound City Tours; Beverly Keel, Nashville Banner, Polydor Records, American Profile, People magazine, Tennessean, and MTSU; Grace Reinbold, World Wide Media, What A Trip! Inc., Judi Turner, Country Music Association, Network Ink, Turner & Company, Country Hall of Fame & Museum, Leadership Music; Trisha Walker-Cunningham, Radio Luxembourg London, UK, MC Promotions London, UK, Trisha Walker International; and Erika Wollam-Nichols, Greater Nashville Arts Foundation, Pro-Tours, NSAI, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, WPLN, Nashville Public Radio, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Amendment Center, The Bluebird Cafe. Springer Mountain Farms sponsors this 17th anniversary event, Aug. 27, in the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum auditorium downtown. Final curtain Country star Josh Gracin surprised fans with a surprise show Valentine’s Day at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, following the Predators Hockey game. Reportedly he treated listeners to a premier of his latest single Good For You, and a peek at his new music video tape Nothin’ Like Us, which reportedly has garnered more than 16 million Spotify streams. Maxine Brown Russell, elder of mid-1960s with his Top 40 single The Browns trio that gave RCA I Heard From a Memory Last Records’ pop-country crossovers Night, though his first major solo especially The Three Bells (The success was Pop-A-Top (#3, Story of Jimmy Brown), peaking #1 1967). In 1968, Maxine tried the on both Billboard’s pop and country solo route, but was not happy charts, died after a lengthy illness in with her chosen label Chart, Little Rock, Ark., from complications though her self-penned Sugar of heart and kidney disease. Cane Country charted briefly Reportedly, she was in the but failed to hit Top 40. Unlike care of Hospice when she passed at age 87. Maxine was born April 27, 1931 Jim Ed, she never relocated to Music City, but retained residence in Little Rock. in Campti, La., daughter of Birdie and Floyd Brown. She and her brother began But she was always there for different events invited to as The Browns, including performing in the late 1940s in and around Sparkman, Ark., no doubt encouraged induction into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, the Arkansas Walkway of by Dad’s guitar pickin’ at rural dances along with his fiddler-brother. In 1952, he Stars, and as recipients of the Arkansas Country Music Hall of Fame. Maxine’s and Maxine became a popular duo on KLRA-Little Rock’s Barnyard Folic. Along auto-biography “Looking Back To See” earned her the Ella Dickey Literary Award the way they met music promoter Fabor Robinson, who Maxine was never too as best music biography in 2012. Come 2015, The Browns were finally named to fond of, but finally they made their first recordings for him on his Abbott label in the Country Music Hall of Fame, but unfortunately brother Jim Ed died June 11, 1953. Fabor told the duo to become regulars on the KWKH-Louisiana Hayride in just prior to Maxine and Bonnie’s ceremony. Bonnie died July 16, 2016. Maxine Shreveport, which upped their fan following. Maxine, who sang alto, encouraged was also preceded in death by sister Norma Brown Sullivan, brother Raymond Jim Ed to try his hand at writing and they collaborated on their Abbott debut Brown and her son Tommy Russell, Jr. Looking Back To See (#8, 1954), but was covered by Decca duo Goldie Hill & Justin Tubb (#4, 1954). The Browns convinced Fabor that sister Bonnie Jean, Country music families lost some of their most beloved relatives in the new a soprano, should join them on their follow-up single, cowritten by Maxine and year, Stonewall Jackson’s wife Juanita (Wair) Jackson, 81, died Jan. 11. She Jim Ed, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (#7, 1955). Though higher ranked, it spent worked side-by-side behind the scene, handling “Stone’s” fan mail and business half the time on the chart than the debut disc (15 weeks). That same year, The dealings, among other duties. Stonewall called his helpmate “Mama Doll.” Browns were able to accept a major label contract, after Jim Ed bought out their contract from Fabor. Under the production guidance of RCA’s Chet Atkins, their Bernice (Bea) Putman, 80, widow of songwriter Curly Putman (known for such smooth harmonies propelled the sweet folksong Scarlet Ribbons, to #7 country, hits as 1966’s Green Green Grass of Home, My Elusive Dreams, He Stopped and #13 pop. Their haunting Top 20 country cut Old Lamplighter, peaked at Loving Her Today) passed away in Lebanon, Tenn., Jan. 18. #5 pop, proving they were a group with much promise. Other country hits they scored with include I Take The Chance (#2, 1956), I Heard the Bluebirds Sing Singer Tim McGraw disclosed wife Faith Hill’s dad Wesley (Ted) Perry died at (#4, 1957). As Jim Ed faced the draft, he served his country (1956-1958) in the age 88 on Feb. 5, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn. His wife Edna U.S. Army Chemical Corps, attempting to record during service breaks. At one died in 2016 at age 80. Perry was a member of Star Baptist Church for many point, another sister, Norma, filled in on tours to give audiences the full trio sound years in Star, Miss., and enjoyed gardening and playing Dominos. Son-in-law they loved. In 1963, The Browns were invited to join the cast of WSM’s Grand Tim posted on FaceBook: “He was the sweetest, kindest, most gentle man I’ve Ole Opry. According to Maxine, who kept up with such industry data, The Three ever known. No man in my life has ever made such an impact on me, as to how Bells charted a third Billboard listing, the R&B Chart, hitting Top 10 in 1959, and to be a human, a father and a friend. I’ll never in 10 life times be able to live also placed The Old Lamplighter on the R&B chart (#17, 1960). Five decades up to his example, but man, he has set a mark that all of use should strive for. after its initial release, The Three Bells enjoyed a resurgence when featured in His legacy will live on through the three beautiful souls he raised, Faith and her two episodes of the HBO drama The Sopranos. Jim Ed tried his solo wings in the brothers Steve and Wesley.” MARCH 2019 - cmp 7