During the last five decades Jim Ed Brown has had an amazing career – with his sisters, as a solo artist, and with his duet partner, Helen Cornelius. In 1959, Jim Ed and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, ‘The Browns’, released “The Three Bells”. It sold over a million copies and created a sensation as the first Number One Country song ever to cross over to Number One on the Pop and Rhythm & Blues charts as well. The group enjoyed many more hits before Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire. Jim Ed then had a string of solo hits including “Pop-A-Top Again”, “Southern Lovin'” and “Morning”. In 1976, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time.
For Helen Cornelius, it was her songwriting that initially swung open the doors along the corridors of Nashville’s Music Row. By the mid-70’s, Helen had songs recorded by a number of major artists, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Jeannie C. Riley and Connie Smith… just to mention a few. While it was her writing that first won her major credibility, it was the voice that RCA Records executives heard that won Helen her first major recording contract in 1975. With it, history was about to be made. Jim Ed and Helen had an amazing string of hits including “I Don’t Wanna Have To Marry You”, “Sayin’ Hello, Sayin’ I Love You, Sayin’ Goodbye”, “Lying In Love With You”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, and “Fools”.
Billboard currently ranks Lynn Anderson among the Top-10 most successful female country artists for all-time record sales. In a career that spans four decades, Lynn has charted 11 #1, 18 Top-10, and over 50 Top-40 recordings. This country music icon has earned 17 Gold albums and won virtually every award available to a female recording artist: CMA Female Vocalist, ACM Female Vocalist, American Music Award, and the prestigious Grammy Award. She was also named “Billboard’s Artist of the Decade” (1970-1980). Her signature tune, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”, remained the biggest selling recording by a female country artist for over 27 years. Lynn Anderson is not only a singer, she’s an entertainer – an entertainer who shows no sign of slowing down. Some of Lynn’s other hits include “Cry”, “Top of the World”, “Keep Me in Mind” and East Tennessee’s anthem, “Rocky Top”.