Jim Ed Brown, member of the influential early country family band The Browns, esteemed solo artist, and long-time devoted member of the Grand Ole Opry, has been diagnosed with lung Cancer. Brown made the announcement today after he was forced to cancel a few shows recently.
“Some of you may have heard various rumors since I have had to cancel a few shows over the past few weekends. To clarify and put those rumors to bed, I wanted to just come out and explain what is going on,” Jim Ed said in a statement. “Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. At that time, I was in shock and scared as I didn’t know what that really meant. After testing, the doctors have asked me to take the next 4 months off from touring and to focus on chemotherapy and radiation treatments to shrink the cancer cells. I will keep you all updated on the progress. I am forever grateful for the love, support, and prayers during this time.”
Jim Ed also posted a video taken today (9-30) after his very first Cancer treatment. “I just had my first treatment today,” Brown says brandishing a bandaged arm and looking confident and healthy, “And I’m going to beat it with chemo and radiation. But I want to thank you for your prayers and support. And I’m going to beat this little thing called Cancer, and I’m going to be all right in the next, well, maybe four months, okay? See you next year!”
80-year-old Jim Ed Brown was born in Sparkman, Arkansas, and began playing music with his sister Maxine in a duo, and later with sister Bonnie in the music group The Browns. The family band was big on the Louisiana Hayride and the Ozark Jubilee, and had numerous hits, including the #1 “The Three Bells” in 1959. In 1963 The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry, and Jim Ed has been a fixture on the Opry stage ever since. The Browns disbanded in 1967, but Jim Ed pursued a solo career, scoring his first hit “Pop A Top” in 1967, and multiple hits throughout the 70’s including the #1 “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You.”
Jim Ed currently hosts a syndicated two-hour radio show called the Country Music Greats Radio Show. He lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife Becky.