Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown has been diagnosed with lung cancer, he confirmed Tuesday (Sept. 30) via his Facebook page.
The 80-year-old Arkansas native received the diagnosis two weeks ago.
“At that time, I was in shock and scared as I didn’t know what that really meant. After testing, the doctors have asked me to take the next four months off from touring and to focus on chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the cancer cells. I will keep you all updated on the progress. I am forever grateful for the love, support and prayers during this time.”
Earlier this month, Brown announced he will be releasing his first solo recordings in three decades with In Style Again. The title track was produced by his longtime friend Bobby Bare. The other songs were produced by music journalist and historian Don Cusic. The album features guest appearances by Vince Gill, the Whites and Brown’s longtime singing partner, Helen Cornelius.
Brown, who joined the Opry in 1963, began his career as a member of the Browns, a trio that also featured his sisters Maxie and Bonnie. The Browns are best known for “The Three Bells,” a single that topped Billboard’s country chart for 10 weeks in 1959.
As a solo artist in the ’60s, Brown scored several Top 10 records, including “Pop a Top,” a Nat Stuckey song that was a hit for Alan Jackson in 1999. Brown and Cornelius spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1976 with “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You.”