Maxine Brown

The pioneering Country Music star with "The Browns" – Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie

The Browns at the Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony

Table of Contents:

1. A Dream Fulfilled, by Maxine Brown
2. Linda Haymes of Arkansas Democrat Gazette
3. Recipes


A Dream Fulfilled
By Maxine Brown
Jody Williams Master of Ceremonies, Maxine Brown, Becky Brown and Bonnie Ring

Jody Williams Master of Ceremonies, Maxine Brown, Becky Brown and Bonnie Ring

On October 25, 2015 Jim Ed Brown and The Browns were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.  This was the highest honor anyone could ever achieve in country music and one we had dreamed of for decades.

The hospitality shown by the entire CMA staff is beyond my wildest imagination.  Everything was carefully planned and carried out to perfection.  My sincere thanks to Kyle Young, CEO, Sarah Trahern, CEO, Ben Hall, Director, Peter Cooper, Public Relations, Michael Manning, our special tour guides, and to the Master of Ceremony, Jody Williams  for making this a reality for the Browns.

 

The Medallion Ceremony was both bittersweet and emotional.  Jim Ed not being there to enjoy this special moment was probably the hardest experience I have ever had.  Bonnie and I had never been on stage alone without our brother by our side. Jim Ed had died only a few months earlier, on June 11th.

 

The Browns represented The Veterans Era Category  and became the 125th entry in the Hall of Fame. Having the bronze medal hung around our neck by our long time friend and Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare; to see our picture in bronze and knowing it would be hung on the coveted wall of the CMA Hall of Fame forever; to see the exhibit and the video of our long career was all emotional.

I was extremely proud of the great artist and musicians who performed in our honor.  Looking Back To See performed by Carolyn Martin and Chris Scruggs, The Three Bells (Little Jimmy Brown) performed by The Isaacs, Pop A Top, performed by Dierks Bently.  Jimmy Capps and Ben Hall rounded out some of the greatness of the performances. The entire Medallion Ceremony was special and one to remember.  I am extremely proud to be inducted with one of my all time favorite groups, The Oak Ridge Boys, also guitarist Grady Martin.  It was a week end of fun and excitement.  My family and the entire Brown clan was present to share this special occasion for Jim Ed, Bonnie and myself.
Maxine on the Red Carpet

Maxine on the Red Carpet

A lot of good things have happened during our career.  Just prior to the CMA event,  I was notified by Nick Fedor of the Canadian Hall of Fame that our recording of I Heard The Bluebirds Sing had been selected for their 2015 Song Writers Award.  It was written by Canadian Hod Pharis. We recorded it in December, 1956 and it had been one of our most requested Country Songs.

The Browns signature song, The Three Bells (Little Jimmy Brown) not only sold millions and still selling to this day.  But the one thing that impressed me the most was hearing the announcement that it had held the record for 56 years on the Billboard country charts. It held the record as being on the charts for 10 weeks.  That record was broken this year by Little Big Town for their rendition of Girl Crush which topped us at 14 weeks.

 

I have a list of Awards and Achievements listed under the biography section of my website. Click here for listI am proud of all those awards and achievements. There is one award we all strive for and that is the Country Music Hall of Fame Award. This award will forever be displayed n the Country Music Hall of Fame, for all the fans, friends and family to see and know that Jim Ed Brown and The Browns did indeed exist.   I am forever mindful of all the support of our many fans worldwide who stuck with us all those years, and especially to the Disc Jockeys who played our music then and now and always promoted us for this huge honor.

 

Now, I can sit back, relax, and enjoy those memories of singing harmony with my brother and sister, Jim Ed and Bonnie. Thank you CMA staff and all those who make this event ³A DREAM FULFILLED.

 

MAXINE BROWN
Letter received (click here) from Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Article by LINDA S. HAYMES of Arkansas Democrat Gazette
By special invitation Linda traveled from Little Rock to attend personally the Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville.

The three siblings from Sparkman had dreamed of this day for decades.

Last Sunday, the late Jim Ed Brown and surviving sisters Maxine and Bonnie were formally inducted into the Country Music Association’s Hall of Fame. Maxine Russell of North Little Rock and Bonnie Ring of Dardanelle attended the medal ceremony; their brother Jim Ed died of lung cancer in June.

As country singers who gained fame in the 1950s and 1960s, the Browns watched as their song “The Three Bells” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard country chart. It and some of their other songs crossed over to the pop chart.

The Oak Ridge Boys and late guitarist Grady Martin also were inducted during the ceremony. The Browns, representing the Veterans Era Artist category, became the 125th entry into the Hall of Fame. Arkansans honored in past years were Johnny Cash, Patsy Montana and Glen Campbell.

Before the Browns’ induction, other musicians performed their songs — Dierks Bentley sang Jim Ed’s “Pop a Top,” The Isaacs performed “The Three Bells,” and Carolyn Martin and Chris Scruggs sang “Looking Back to See.” The latter was Maxine’s favorite performance. She wrote the song, and it’s the name of her autobiography.

“Everyone expects me to say ‘The Three Bells,’ and it was good, but ‘Looking Back’ has special meaning to me,” Maxine told Paper Trails. “Those two did an excellent job.”

After the Browns recorded “The Three Bells” in 1959 over a single microphone in RCA’s studio, the single rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart, where it stayed for 10 weeks, setting a record for a country group. The record stood for nearly 56 years until Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” recently held the top spot for 13 weeks.

In introducing Maxine and Bonnie, Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare said that in the early days, “everyone fell in love with Bonnie — me, Elvis and everyone else.”

Of her sister, he noted, “Maxine has a mouth on her,” drawing laughter. “If you don’t really want to know the answer to a question, don’t ever ask Maxine. She’s going to give you the full answer. That’s why we love her.”

During her acceptance speech, Bonnie, overcome by emotion, struggled to make it through.

“I was so glad to have all of my family there, and Jim Ed’s and Maxine’s, also,” she told Paper Trails afterward. “Wasn’t it so nice to have so many of our old friends turn out for the event?”

Jim Ed’s wife Becky represented him at the induction. Shortly before he died, CMA officials went to the hospital to present him with his commemorative medallion.

“I shall never be able to thank them enough for this honor,” Maxine said. “It is a dream come true. I shall wear my medallion with great honor.”

The celebration was bittersweet.

“Jim Ed not being there to enjoy this with us was probably the hardest thing I have ever experienced,” Maxine said. “Bonnie and I have never been alone on stage without our brother by our side.”


Recipes
With the Hall of Fame induction, it’s time for a feast, some serious eatin! Enjoy! These come from my mother’s cookbook. I know she is with us today. We never had a bigger fan.
POTATO SOUP
The best medicine in the world is Potato Soup.  This is the recipe Momma Brown used when any of her kids started feeling puny.
4     Med. Irish Potatoes, peeled & cut up
1     Onion, chopped
1     Pint Water
1     Teaspoon Salt
COOK POTATOES & ONION IN ONE PINT OF SALTED WATER UNTIL TENDER.  DRAIN & SET ASIDE:
l/4   Cup Butter or Margarine
4     Heaping Tablespoons Flour
1     Quart Milk
1/2  Teaspoon Black Pepper
MELT BUTTER IN LARGE SAUCE PAN.  ADD FLOUR &  STIR UNTIL FLOUR HAS DISSOLVED.   SLOWLY ADD MILK & STIR UNTIL SMOOTH.  ADD THE MASHED POTATOES & BLACK PEPPER, (more salt if needed).  COOK OVER VERY LOW HEAT UNTIL IT COMES TO A BOIL, STIRRING FREQUENTLY.  (it has a tendency to stick).   Serve with Cornbread.

KEY LIME PIE
(This is Jim Ed’s favorite)
1     Pie Shell (Graham Cracker, 9 inch) or baked Pie Shell
3     Egg Yokes
1     Can Eagle Brand Milk
1/2  Cup Real Lime Juice  (from concentrate)
Mix Eagle Brand Milk, Egg Yokes & Lime Juice.  If desired you may want to add some yellow food coloring.  Pour into prepared pastry shell.  Bake about 35 minutes.  Chill.  Top with COOL WHIP.

NO BAKE DESERT:
1     Box Vanilla Waffers
1     Can Crushed Pineapple with juice
1/4  Cup Lemon Juice
1     Can Eagle Brand Milk
1     Small :Package Coconut
1     8 oz. Cool Whip
1     Small Jar Maraschino Cherries
1     Cup Chopped Pecans

LINE BOTTOM OF CASSEROLE WITH VANILLA WAFERS.  MIX EAGLE BRAND MILK WITH LEMON JUICE, POUR OVER. PUT ANOTHER LAYER OF WAFERS, TOP WITH PINEAPPLE & COVER WITH COOL WHIP.  TOP WITH COCONUT, PECANS & CHERRIES.   KEEP IN REFRIGERATOR OVER NIGHT.

ENCHILADAS  (Momma Brown Style)
(This is a dish concocted by Momma Brown in the 50s & 60s when she fed many musicians who stopped by The Trio Club or our home in Pine Bluff, AR, when they were dead broke & hungry.  This was Elvis Presley’s favorite dish.
4     Lbs. Lean Ground Beef.   (cooked & drained)
3     Cans Tomato Soup
1/2  Can Water
1     Small Can Taco Sauce
1/4  Bottle Louisiana Hot Sauce  (more or less, depending on your taste)
1     Lb. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, (grated)
2     Onions, (chopped)
4     Tomatoes  (peeled & chopped)
l/2   Head Iceberg Lettuce  (Chopped)

       CORN TORTILLAS  (as many as needed, fried in hot Oil.
Add Soup, water, Taco Sauce & Hot Sauce to cooked & drained beef.   Simmer about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, in separate bowls, put cheese, onions, tomatoes & lettuce.  Fry Tortillas & drain on paper towel.   Let everyone fix their own.  Start by placing cheese on a hot Tortilla so cheese can melt.  Layer beef mixture on top, then alternate with onions, tomatoes & lettuce. If you are hungry, make a double.  This makes a lot, but Momma Brown served a lot of hungry folks including her own family.

 

POTATO PANCAKES
(Using left-over creamed Irish Potatoes, recipe to follow for Creamed Potatoes)
2     Cups Left over Creamed (mashed) Potatoes
1     Small Can English Peas  (drained)
1     Egg, (beaten)
1/2  Cup Evaporated Milk
       Salt & Pepper to taste
l/4   Cup Flour
Mix all ingredients together.  Drop by Tablespoons into hot oil, fry until golden brown on both sides.  Note, crumbled Bacon can be added to mixture if desired.

CREAMED POTATOES
Peel and quarter about 5 med. size Irish Potatoes.  Boil until tender. Remove from heat, drain off most of water, but not all.  Add one-half stick butter, mash until creamy.  Add one small can Evaporated Milk, or if needed to make creamy, add more.  Add Salt & Pepper to suit your taste.

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