The Browns Celebrate 50th Anniversary of “The Three Bells”

The Browns celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of their crossover hit, “The Three Bells,” with performances Saturday night (July 4) at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s Midnite Jamboree. Cheering the brother and sisters trio on were more than 40 of their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who came to Nashville from all over the nation to witness the occasion. Since officially disbanding as a singing group in 1967, Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie have performed together only rarely, although Jim Ed continues his career as a solo member of the Opry. Produced for RCA Records by Chet Atkins, “The Three Bells” was released on July 3, 1959, and went on to top the country chart for 10 weeks and the pop charts for four. It made the Browns international stars.