Grand Ole Opry legend Jim Ed Brown is taking time off while he undergoes treatment for lung cancer. The 80-year-old announced Tuesday that he was diagnosed two-weeks ago, and is receiving radiation and chemotherapy. Brown had been at work on his first solo recording in three decades with a planned release of “In Style Again”
One of the most timeless voices in Country history, Brown has the distinction of having hits on the chart as a member of a trio (His recording partnership with sisters Maxine and Bonnie as The Browns earned them hits with “I Heard The Bluebirds Sing,” “Scarlet Ribbons,” and the 1959 million-selling “The Three Bells”), a solo artist (with hits like the iconic “Pop A Top,” “Southern Loving,” and “Morning”), and as part of a CMA Award winning partnership with Helen Cornelius (The two recorded many classics from 1976-1981, including “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You,” and “Lying In Love With You”