The Browns’ Bonnie Brown Reveals She Has Lung Cancer

Same Disease Killed Her Brother, Jim Ed, In June

Bonnie Brown, the youngest member of the Browns brother-sisters vocal trio, has announced that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The announcement came at a luncheon held in Nashville Monday (Sept. 28) to celebrate the Browns’ impending induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Brown’s brother, Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown, died of the same disease in June shortly after he learned that the Browns — along with the Oak Ridge Boys and guitarist Grady Martin — had been selected for the Hall of Fame.

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One of the most popular acts in country music throughout the 1950s and early ‘60s, The Browns — Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie — are best known for their recording of “The Three Bells,” which topped both the country and pop charts in 1959. Following the trio’s breakup in 1968, Jim Ed went on to a distinguished solo career, as well as scoring a series of duet hits with Helen Cornelius.

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