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2. Linda Haymes of Arkansas Democrat Gazette
By Maxine Brown
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
by Maxine Brown
A. PORK CHOPS
B. QUICK & EASY ROLLS, (With Mayonnaise)
C. TUNA/NOODLE CASSEROLE
E. FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE
A DREAM COME TRUE
By Maxine Brown
A Dream came true on March 25th, for Jim Ed Brown and The Browns, Maxine and Bonnie when it was announced that the three of us were the newest members of the CMA Hall of Fame, in the Veterans Era Category. If you missed the live internet announcement, you can watch the recording click here.
The CMA Association was created in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format and its is considered country music’s highest honor. With the three of us, the total now stands at 125 members in the Hall of Fame, and 47 are no longer still with us.
The Medallion Ceremony will be held on October 25th at the CMA Theater. This is an annual re-union of all the Hall of Fame memberships. To have this Medallion hung around our neck by one of the Hall of Fame members is one of the biggest thrills an artist could ever hope or dream of.
The Browns career started eight years before the creation of the CMA Association. It has been a long hard struggle. We stayed and endured all those hardships because of our love for country music, and the respect of other artists who were experiencing the same difficulties we were.
I would like to congratulate the Oak Ridge Boys for their many years of dedication to the country music industry and their induction in the Modern Era. Also congratulations to Musician, Grady Martin who played guitar on many of the Hall of Fame inductees recordings.
We owe a great deal of gratitude to our many fans & friends worldwide who have supported us for the past 64 years. They never forgot us and we shall never forget them. Thanks once again CMA! This is indeed a DREAM COME TRUE.
B. QUICK & EASY ROLLS, (With Mayonnaise)
C. TUNA/NOODLE CASSEROLE:
D. EASY ORANGE CAKE:
E. FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE:
F. COCONUT SHEET CAKE:
I am proud to let my family and friends know that the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted in an Agreement The Browns have made with The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies. Arkansas has long been among the most significant contributors to the nation’s musical foundation, country, pop, folk, rock & jazz. The special music collection is an open and growing collection which is continually adding relevant materials.
In 1980, I converted a room in my home into a Brown’s Museum where I displayed The Browns career dating all the way back to 1953.
I spent months, even years searching for the perfect place that would appreciate our devotion to the life we lived and loved. A place that would store, preserve and protect for years to come for the benefit of our children, grandchildren and great children. Also a place where everyone could come and view all the efforts I have so carefully tried to preserve. I am proud to say, “I have found the perfect place”. Read more
By Maxine Brown
Everyone keeps asking for more of Momma Brown’s recipes. They’re in this newsletter, and I hope you enjoy them. It’s fun to hear back from those who try the recipes. Here’s a few simple words first.
I have good news. I just celebrated my 83rd birthday. I never dreamed that I would live this long and never in my life would I have revealed my age to anyone. What the heck!! I don’t get any propositions or whistles anymore. At this stage of my life there isn’t much to do except sit around and wander what it is that I need to do next, then wind up doing absolutely nothing. I guess you could say that I have reached the age when it takes longer to rest than it does to get tired.
I spend a lot of time on my computer, still learning how to turn it on and off. I have a past time, and that is Facebook. I have been called a Facebook junkie, but that isn’t quite true, I have never learned how to post anything. I have a Facebook friend in Scotland named Emma Robertson who tries to teach me this, that and the other, but by the time I learn one thing, its changed and here we go again. Emma was so happy that I finally learned where the lock box was located. I can’t remember now what is behind it but you can bet she does.
FACEBOOK has a way of bringing old friends together, and making new ones. I have been re-acquainted with some class mates I knew in the third grade. Not many of those old friends are living now but they have other friends or relatives who say they are related to us, in some way or the other. Maybe they are. I never realized that The Browns had so many cousins. I always wondered if perhaps there was “one” in the woodpile, maybe two, or three, who knows? I am glad to meet some of my fist, second, third, fourth, and fifth cousins. I also enjoy the friendship of my Italian, German, UK, Canadian, and Australia friends as well as those in the U.S. I know I will never meet them or Emma in person but Facebook has brought us all together in a special way.
When you go to my WEBSITE and read this story in the NEWS section, the first thing you will see is a picture of me sitting in the middle of two rows of sugar cane, with the title “Sugar Cane County”.
It was a hot day in August, 1968 when I made the trip with a photographer, to a little town just outside of Nashville, Tennessee called White Bluff. The photographer obviously knew about this sugar cane field and the owners, Howard and Margaret Deal. When we arrived they treated us with royalty. They showed us the perfect place in the middle of the sugar cane rows for some photos. One of those was near a little shed where Mr. Deal said they manufactured their sugar cane into sorghum.
It must have been a hundred degrees in the shade that day. All of a sudden, here came Mrs. Deal and their son Eric with a huge pitcher of ice cold Lemonade. I remember it being a bit windy that day and Mrs. Deal helped me with my hair and makeup right out in the middle of that sugar cane patch.
We had been out In the hot sun all afternoon and both of us needed to go to the restroom. The Deals said we could use their facilities, but it was too far away. I have a bladder about the size of a hickory hut and I had failed to bring along my wide-mouth fruit far so I told the photographer to hide his eyes, I had to get out of those overalls before it was too late. He said, “don’t worry, I need to go also”, so he disappeared. He didn’t have to go far, as those rows of cane was to thick no one could see us. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Deal had trouble finding where we were when they brought the Lemonade. I have wondered a lot of times why we didn’t get lost ourselves, he was good looking, sexy, and single. Now, that would have been more than just a “Photo Shoot”.
We sat around the Deal’s kitchen table for hours, talking about this, that and the other. I told them that the way they made sorghum was a far cry from the way we had to make it when I was about the age of Eric. I always hated to watch that old black mule go ’round and ’round a pot of hot boiling cane until it got thick enough to pour into jugs. It would take all day and every once in a while we would let the poor thing stop, rest and drink some water. Mrs. Deal served us with some cookies she had made using sorghum. It reminded me of our Mom having to use it in place of sugar when we wanted something sweet to eat. Sugar was rationed, and since we lived so far away from a little place called Sparkman, we failed to get our allotted amount every month, which was only one pound. World War Two was ragging in the world and our dad had been drafted in the Navy. Many nights we went to bed hungry but we always had sorghum and a cat head biscuit.
Sorghum is a staple in my home. I love it and so does my son Tommy, who runs my website from Arizona. One time I sent him a bucket of sorghum on Southwest Airlines. During flight the lid came off. I don’t need to tell you what a sticky mess they had to clean up. To make matters worse, UPS then delivered the bucket to Tommy’s home with no lid. Tommy and his wife Colleen were not as upset over the mess on their porch ,as they were about not having any sorghum.
One day about three months ago, Eric Deal was scanning the web. He saw something that looked familiar. It was their cane field. He recognized my picture right away and remembered his parents had kept it on their piano for years. They would tell everyone about Maxine Brown coming to their home and making that photograph in their sugar cane field. I kept up with the Deals for years but as time went by, we sorta lost touch with each other.
Go to the search bar on Facebook, look for “DEAL SORGHUM”. They now ship all over the country. You will enjoy seeing their manufacturing plant. The Deals have promised me and my son some of this years crop when its harvested. I am looking forward to it and most of all, keeping in touch with Eric, Donna, his wife, and all of their family
This has been 46 years ago. I would say this is a “DONE DEAL”.
I am proud that FACEBOOK had brought me right back to where it all originated, “SUGAR CANE COUNTY”
Thanks Everyone. I hope you will enjoy some more of Momma Browns recipes.
(Note written by Momma Brown about the following recipe: “This is one of the recipes I remember from my early childhood. It seems to have been forgotten by everyone except me. They are just as tasty today as they were then. I hope you will share my memory of “Old Fashioned Sorghum Molasses Pie”.)
l 1/4 Cups Sorghum Molasses
1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
3 Eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Un-baked Pie Shell
Place Sorghum and Butter in saucepan & let come to a boil. Remove from heat and add beaten eggs and remaining ingredients. Beat until light and fluffy. Pour into Pie Shell, bake about 15 minutes at 425. Reduce heat to 375 and continue cooking for another 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
COLLEEN’S BUTTERMILK PIE
3 Eggs, beaten
1 2/3 Cup Sugar
l/4 Cup Flour
l/2 Teaspoon Salt
l Cup Buttermilk
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
Mix all ingredients together, adding melted butter last. Pour into un-baked Pie Shell. Bake at 400 degrees for l5 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 & continue baking for one hour. (Note: A puddle of butter may form in center, but don’t worry, it will absorb into the filling. (This pie is Delicious).
10 Twinkies, sliced in one-half
3 Bananas, sliced
1 Large Can Crushed Pineapple, drained
1 Can Coconut, divided
1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
1 Large container Cool whip
Chopped Nuts for garnish
Slice Twinkies in half, lengthwise. Place in bottom of a 9 x 3 inch casserole dish. Layer sliced Banana slices, Pineapple and one half of the Coconut. Mix Eagle Brand Milk with whipped Cool Whip. Pour over. Sprinkle the rest of Coconut and nuts on top. (Easy and so delicious).Note: You can use Strawberries instead of the Bananas, for a variety.
EASY ORANGE CAKE
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
1 Package Orange Gelatin (small)
3/4 Cup Orange Juice, or Apricot Nector
2/3 Cup Oil
Mix all together & pour into a greased & floured tube pan. Cook according to cake box directions. Mix 3/4 cup Orange Juice and 1 cup sugar. Cook together for 5 minutes. Punch holes in cake with fork or ice pick. Pour the hot juice all down through cake and on top. Use all of juice, this makes it moist and delicious.
1 Small Package Noodles (medium or small size)
1 Can Tuna (Large can)
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can English Peas (or large can English Peas & Carrots)
I Onion, chopped
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Buttered Bread Crumbs, or Croutons
Cook Noodles as directed on package. Drain. Mix all together. Top with buttered bread crumbs, and cheese. Bake until bubbly and cheese has all melted. (about 30 minutes) in 350 degree oven.
l Can Red Salmon (with juice)
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 Egg, beaten
1 Cup Cracker Crumbs,( or more if needed, also same some to roll the patties in.)
1 Tablespoon Flour
l/2 Teaspoon each of Salt & Pepper
Juice of one Lemon
1/2 Teaspoon Celery Salt (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Shape into patties. Roll patties in cracker crumbs. Fry in hot oil, turning to brown on each side.
PINTO BEAN GOULASH:
1 1 LB. package Pinto Beans
Cook Beans until tender: Season with
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Oil
3 Tablespoons Sugar
Cook 2 lbs. ground Beef with 1 chopped Onion until brown. Drain well.
Add to cooked Beans along with the following:
1 Can Ro-Tel
1 Can Tomatoes, diced
1 Teaspoon Chili Power (or more to suit your taste)
1 Teaspoon Cumin (or more to suit your taste)
2 Cloves Garlic, crushed (Optional)
Simmer Beans & all ingredients together for about 45 minutes or until thick. Serve with some good Old Fashioned Cornbread.
Table of Contents
1. Gold and Silver, by Maxine Brown
2. The Browns Appear Live on the Eddie Stubbs Show, by Randy Francis
3. The Bus, by Maxine Brown
4. Fall Recipes
Gold and Silver
by Maxine Brown
A dream came true on August 3, 1963 when then Grand Ole Opry manager, Ott Divine invited The Browns to become Opry members. Little did we ever dream that we would be celebrating a golden anniversary with our brother Jim Ed.
In 1967, Bonnie and I more or less retired because of family ties which limited our Opry appearances. Jim Ed remained with the Opry and became a legend on his own merits. Bonnie and I made several guest appearances during the past fifty years–here we were, still living with a touch of silver now in our hair, celebrating Jim Ed’s golden anniversary on stage of the greatest show in the world, the Grand Ole Opry. Read more
Feeling Good, Listening to the Browns
By John Dersham
Have you wondered why most people tend to have a special, enduring bond with the music they first liked early in their lives? I think it is because when you are growing up, and especially when you become a teenager, the sights and sounds around you have a lasting impression on your senses. You are sensitive to your surroundings physically and emotionally, and opinions are forming within you for the first time. You begin enjoying your first freedom to travel and to make decisions. It is now you fall in love for the first time. Everything you do is new and exciting, and it clings to you and evolves and grows into who you are. You are in full-speed development during these formable years, and the impact lingers all of your life. Read more
Personal Note from Maxine
I wish to thank all those who have worked so hard and diligently with me these past years, promoting The Browns and trying to restore some memories for those who may have forgotten.
The Browns have been Lifetime Members of the CMA since the beginning. Our numbers are 79, 80 & 8l. The membership card is signed by Tex Ritter. We have had a great career in spite of all we had to endure. We never set out to conquer the world of success. All we ever wanted was to record a good tempered harmony song and a good listening audience to sing to. But success often came our way, with 68 Awards and Achievements from all fields of music, and the several million selling records.
I wish to congratulate our very good friend, Bobby Bare for winning the 2013 Hall of Fame Award. We think the CMA made a wise choice. Bobby is one of the nicest people we ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have a story about him in my book, on pages 186 & 187. I hope you will read what I wrote about one of the greats of country music.
The three of us have not been just sitting around day dreaming all these years. This month (April), The Browns will be inducted into the Missouri Walk Of Fame in Marshfield during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Bonnie: Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Beaux Art Academy in Russellville, AR as its first VP, with over 30 years of service to the community and the Arts. Jim Ed: Honored by the State of TN Senate celebrating his magnificent career and accomplishments to country music, including 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. I am happy to report that my book, “Looking Back To See” is now a KINDLE book, on the Amazon Kindle Book Store. I received this nice note from Mike Bieker at the University of Arkansas Press:
“Hi Maxine, Just wanted to let you and your fans know that the University of Arkansas Press Spring 2013 catalog is out and, once again, ‘Looking Back to See’ is included in the Selected Backlist section. Why? Because, after 7 years in print and 7,000 copies sold people still can’t get enough of a good thing! The book is still selling well and we’re releasing an electronic edition into various markets as we speak. It’s currently in the Apple and Google e-bookstores and will be available as a kindle edition soon. Take care my dear!! Warm regards, Mike Bieker” Available now! View Kindle Edition
ROASTED CORN ON COB:
Remove shucks and silks from fresh ears of corn. (or you may use frozen ears). Wrap each ear with foil, twisting the ends. First, spread corn with salt, pepper and melted butter, then wrap. Place on grill & roast 15 to 20 minutes or until corn is tender, turning ears frequently. NOTE: Whipped butter flavored with Horseradish makes a good seasoning for CORN ON COB. The Brown’s all time favorite is Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Salad Dressing.
Select the steak of your choice. Choose tender steaks at least one-inch thick. Sprinkle each with salt & pepper & a dash of meat tenderizer. This helps hold in the juices & tenderizer never hurts a steak. (this is what I do and everyone says that mine are without a doubt the best). It is best to grease the top of grill. Then, put on the seasoned steaks. Handle with tongs and an egg turner. Never stick with a fork, this lets out the good juices. When you see a little bubble on top, its ready to turn. Heat forces the juices to the uncooked surface.
1 Ring Bologna (whole or cut in one-half)
1 Cup Honey
5 Tablespoons Orange Juice
2 Tablespoons Catsup
Score Bologna in a diamond pattern. Stud with whole Clove. Heat the honey, Orange Juice & Catsup together. Brush on stick of Bologna. Place on hot grill, basting often during cooking. To serve, cut in desired size pieces. ( I never knew Bologna could taste this good. I hope you will try it sometimes).
1 Package Polish Sausage (usually 6 or 8 to a package)
1 Can Sauerkraut
1 Teaspoon Caraway Seed
1 Teaspoon Sugar
Mix the last three with Polish Sausage. Place in heavy duty foil. Wrap tight so it can be turned over at least once. Cook over coals for several minutes. This is good served as a main course, or good with a slice of Swiss Cheese and served as a sandwich.
FAVORITE CHICKEN BREAST:
Marinate as many chicken breast as you like in the following, for 4 hours.
1 Cup Pineapple Juice
1 Can Beer
1/2 Cup Honey
Dash of Salt & Pepper
Place marinated chicken breast on hot grill. Cook over coals for 15 to 20 minutes, basting often. Turn over and cook another 20 or so minutes. Brush with the sauce several times while cooking. Cook until they are tender.
Why The Browns Deserve Hall of Fame Induction
By Randy Francis
I see so many campaigns underway in support of favorite legends of country music for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. I happen to be an admirer of all of them and agree that each and every one of them deserves to receive the coveted honor. For some time now I’ve been devoted to the prospect of seeing one of the finest harmony groups of all time, The Browns–Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie finally having their immense contributions to Country Music wholly recognized by the ultimate accolade of the industry. I feel strongly, as do so many others…fans and peers alike, that The Browns deserve to be inducted and enshrined in the hallowed rotunda as much as any country music legends you may name; and they are alive to enjoy and cherish that prestigious status. I’d like to expand on why I feel they are so fully deserving.
New CD, entitled “Soft as the Voice of an Angel” highlights many of The Browns’ top songs.
Order direct from the publisher.
My Story About Maxine Brown
By John Dersham – September 2012 Read more
1. Big sales numbers for Maxine Brown’s Book
2. Tribute to Dale Robertson
3. The Browns Meet David Letterman
4. Crock Pot Recipes
Maxine’s Book Sales nears 7000 copies!
From Mike Bieker at the University of Arkansas Press: “Last year’s sales of Looking Back to See, put the total number of copies sold just shy of 7,000, which is remarkable. Maxine’s popularity has turned this book into an “evergreen” for the U of A Press, it seems. We’ve just released the title as an e-book into several markets and will have a kindle edition very, very soon. I think the availability of the e-book could lead to another nice uptick in sales as a whole new segment of readers are exposed to Maxine and her story.” (Mike Bieker, U of A Press — Publisher)
Order your copy today, from the bookstore.
Tribute to Dale Robertson
By Maxine Brown
This is a short story of a VIP who made a huge impact on my life. His name is Dale Robertson. He played the role of Him Hardy in the famous Television Western series, “Tales of Wells Fargo”. He was famous for other roles as well, one of those was “The Iron Man”.
I was attending a party hosted by RCA honoring Chet Atkins. Even though it was Chet’s party, Chet was showing off the new LP he had just produced on Dale called “Western Classics”. This LP has some great cowboy and western songs. One of those is “High Noon” which The Browns were fortunate enough to record for RCA Victor.
RCA had an open bar and a buffet of all kinds of seafood. I was standing at the buffet fixing myself a plate and just about to sample one of those huge New Orleans shrimp. I had just put it in my mouth when someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “young lady, I would love meeting you, my name is Dale Robertson”.
As I turned and looked into those crystal blue eyes, I swallowed the whole thing. I started choking, and ran into the bathroom. Minnie Pearl who was standing close by, saw what was happening and ran after me. I heard her holler, “Dale”. He said, “I’m right behind you Minnie”. He put a choke hold on me and finally got it up. Thank goodness he knew what to do, within a few minutes I would have choked to death. He and Minnie led me into the bedroom of RCA executive, George Parkhill, and stayed with me until I was alright. We went into the lounge and had a good laugh, or rather, they did. Little did they know, this was the most embarrassed moment of my life.
Dale is living on his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma. I still have his “Western Classics” LP, and play it often because I love cowboy and western songs. Most of all, I think of the day my life was spared by Dale Robertson. Those crystal clear Blue eyes will haunt me for the rest of my life.
The Brown’s Meet David Letterman
By Maxine Brown
During The Browns show business career, we met so many influential people. Some only briefly but they made a lasting impression.
During the mid sixty’s we had so many dates booked we had to hire a pilot to get us from one city to the next in a chartered plane. We had a series of one-nighters in the heart land. In those days it was the norm for an artist to go by the local radio or television station, visit with the host, do a few songs and promote the up-coming show. Most of the time it was only the three of us singing with a guitar, but on occasions, we did a lip sync.
Bonnie and I would never do any kind of show without wearing our stage clothes. We were appearing in Indianapolis, Indiana when we met this comical, young weatherman. He was working part time at the local television station while attending college. He was so funny and so enjoyable to be with, we invited him to be our special guest at this swanky night club we were playing that night. He came early so he could watch us rehearse. He remained back stage with us until time for the show. We had a table reserved near the stage.
As Bonnie and I were getting dressed, she realized she had left her bra and black slip at the television dressing room. It was too late to go back and get them so we changed into a different costume than we had planned on wearing.
This was the hardest performance we had ever done in our lives. I have no explanation. We do not do anything out of the ordinary, we mostly do ballads and never tell jokes. But for some reason, every time we looked at this young, gap-toothed, comical young man, we would start laughing, and I don’t think we ever got all the way through one song. Before long, he had the entire audience laughing with us. During every song, he would smile that big broad gap-toothed smile of his and give his still famous laugh. He told us about his dream of becoming another Johnny Carson. There was never any doubt in our minds that this young man would someday be famous.
After the show he went with us to the airport where our pilot was waiting to take us to our next performance. He asked why we decided on the change of costumes, Bonnie told him she had left her undergarments in the dressing room. He said, “don’t worry, just give me your address and I will get them mailed to you tomorrow”. Sure enough, when we got back to our home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, here was this package with all her belongings and a note which said; “here are your sexy un-mentionables from someone who thinks you are the greatest and the most beautiful lady I have ever met. Don’t forget me!” It was signed DAVID LETTERMAN.
I have followed the career of David Letterman. He not only achieved his goal but became one of the most loved comics of all time. As I watch his nightly show, I am reminded of May 8th, 1960 when The Browns were in the same theater with Ed Sullivan.
Everything and everybody changes with time. But we still have memories of those who made an impact on our lives. David Letterman no longer has that gap-tooth, but he is still the most comical person I have ever met.
Crock Pot Recipes
(Buy a 2 or 3 # Eye of Round, Rump, Tenderloin, or any good cut of Beef.)
Coat all over with Four, Salt & Pepper. Place in skillet with 2 or 3 tablespoons oil. Brown on all sides:
Peel and quarter 2 or 3 Irish Potatoes, 2 sliced Carrots, place in bottom of Crock Pot, then place the browned Roast on top.
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
l Onion, diced.
l Can Coke
Pour over Roast. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours until tender.
(Note: For all Crock Pot Cooking, make sure the Crock is at least l/2 to 3/4 full of liquid. These recipes are for a 4-7 quart Slow Cooker). Depending on size of Roast, you may need to add more than the one can of Coke so the Crock will be at least one half full. Coke makes any cut of meat very tender and delicious!!!
Chinese Pepper Steak
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ROUND STEAK
Cut steak into strips. Brown in approximately 3 Tablespoons Oil. Drain on paper towel. Combine the next five ingredients with the strips & place in Crock.
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1/2 Teaspoons Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Turn control to high & add the following:
1 Can Bean Sprouts
2 Green Bell Peppers, seeded & cut into strips
Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until very hot. Add:
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons water. Add this to mixture and continue cooking for 15 more minutes, or until nice and thick. (You may need to add more cornstarch mixed with water to make it thicker.) Add:
4 or 5 Green Onions, cut up, for garnish.
This recipe was created by Momma Brown and her chef, John for the Trio Club. It was reduced to feed 4 or 5 hungry people and always a Brown and Brown Trio Club favorite.
Sweet Pepper Chicken
4 Boneless & skinless Chicken Breast
Roll each Breast in Flour, Salt & Pepper. Brown in hot Oil. Drain on paper towel.
Place in bottom of Crock Pot. Add the following:
1 Sweet Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut in rounds, or strips.
1 Sweet Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into rounds, or strips.
1 Onion, chopped
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup.
Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours, or low for 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is tender.
CROCK POT SPAGHETTI SAUCE:
3 to 4 Pounds Lean Ground Beef, browned, drained & rinsed to remove all fat.
1 Onion, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, minced, or Garlic Juice
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes, (14 oz. size) or use one Large Can
1 Can Tomato Sauce, (8 oz.)
1 Can Tomato Paste, (12 oz.)
1 Cup Beef Bouillon
2 Tablespoons Minced Parsley
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon each of dried Oregano, Basil, Salt, Black Pepper
Cook Onion with Beef, when browned, I always like to drain through a colander to make sure there is not fat content, rinse with warm water.
Combine all ingredients together. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours. (You will never find a better Spaghetti Sauce. Serve with spaghetti and Garlic Bread.) This is always good frozen, if you have any left over.
As always, let me know if you try one of the recipes. Always nice to hear from you.