He as diagnosed with lung cancer last September.
For yours truly, I best remember him when he performed with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie. As The Browns, they had a number of hits, including "The Three Bells." However, I best remember them for THIS 1954 novelty classic, which for some reason wasn't mentioned in Jim's obit link:
The Browns joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1963 on the strength of “The Three Bells” and follow-ups that included “Scarlet Ribbons (for Her Hair),” “The Old Lamplighter” and “Send Me the Pillow You Dream On.”
In 1967, after Maxine and Bonnie retired, Jim Ed stayed in Nashville as a solo artist on RCA, and he recorded his signature solo song, “Pop a Top,” a No. 3 country single.
From 1967-74, Brown also reached the Top Ten of the country charts with the singles “Morning,” “Southern Loving,” “Sometime Sunshine” and “It’s That Time of Night.”