- Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Collector's Choice
- ASIN: B0015D3Z58
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,281 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Complete Hits
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Every hit notched by the #1 country singing group of the late- 50s and early- 60s! The brother-and-sister trio of Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown personified two trends in popular music at the time, the rise of the lush Nashville Sound and the national craze for folk music, and as a result they crossed over from the country charts into pop stardom. Never before had the homespun harmonies of country music sounded so smooth and downright commercial; add to that the Browns's clean-cut image and you had an act ripe for superstardom in late- 50s America. All 21 of their hits (billed variously as the Browns, Jim Edward & Maxine Brown, and the Browns Featuring Jim Edward Brown) are here, with pictures and annotation by Grammy-winner Colin Escott.
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The first omission is Teen-Ex which, as the flip of The Old Lamplighter, reached # 47 Hot 100 in the spring of 1960. Another from 1960 was their rendition of Blue Christmas, which topped out at # 97 Hot 100 in December, as did Ground Hog in April 1961 (written by John D. Loudermilk). The fourth omission was You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree which made it to # 35 Adult Contemporary and # 120 Hot 100 "Bubble Under" in the summer of 1965.
Their first hit, Looking Back To See (# 8 Country in July 1954 on Fabor) was billed to Jim Edward And Maxine Brown. Their next five were also all Country hits only (Here Today And Gone Tomorrow - # 7 in late 1955 on Fabor; I Take The Chance - # 2 in spring 1956; Just As Long As You Love Me - # 11 in September 1956; Money - # 15 in March 1957; and I Heard The Bluebirds Sing - # 4 in the fall of 1957) and were all billed to Jim Edward, Maxine And Bonnie Brown, the last four on RCA Victor, as would all their remaining hits.
For the next four (Would You Care - # 13 in October 1958; Beyond The Shadow - # 11 in March 1959; The Three Bells - # 1 Country for 10 weeks, # 1 Hot 100 for 4 weeks, and # 10 R&B for their first cross-over hit - in late summer 1959; and Scarlett Ribbons [For Her Hair] - # 7 Country and # 13 Hot 100 in December 1959) the billing was simply The Browns.
Beginning in 1960, and for these next nine hits through to 1966, the billing would be The Browns Featuring Jim Edward Brown: The Old Lamplighter - # 5 Hot 100, # 17 R&B and # 20 Country - and it's B-side Teen-Ex, mentioned above; Send Me The Pillow You Dream On - # 21 Country and # 56 Hot 100 - and the above-mentioned Blue Christmas - both in December 1960; Ground Hog - see above; Oh No! - # 42 Country in January 1964; Then I'll Stop Loving You - # 12 Country in June 1964; Everybody's Darlin', Plus Mine - # 49 Country and # 135 Hot 100 "Bubble Under" in November 1964; You Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree - mentioned above; and Meadowgreen - # 46 Country in February 1966.
For these final five Country hit singles only, the billing reverted to just The Browns: I'd Just Be Fool Enough - # 16 in summer 1966; Coming Back To You - # 19 in November 1966; I Hear It Now - # 54 in May 1967; Big Daddy - # 52 in December 1967 and its B-side, I Will Bring You Water - # 64.
Jim Ed would go on to post 51 solo hits from 1965 to 1981 for RCA Victor, only one of which would cross over to the Pop charts (1970s Morning), while Maxine would have one Country hit in late 1968 as a solo artist, in her case on the small Chart label.
While it would have been nice had they seen their way clear to go to 25 tracks and include those missing numbers, that in no way reduces the appeal of this great release from Collector's Choice which has excellent sound quality and informative liner notes written by Colin Escott.