Bonnie Brown (musician)
|Birth name||Bonnie Jean Brown|
|Also known as||Bonnie Brown Ring|
July 31, 1938|
Sparkman, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||July 16, 2016
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Associated acts||Jim Ed Brown, Maxine Brown|
Bonnie Jean Brown was born on July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas to Floyd Iron Brown and Birdie Lee Tuberville Brown. Her parents owned a farm, and her father also worked at a saw mill. While still a child, the family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1955, at age 18, she joined her older siblings Maxine and Jim Ed Brown, who were already performing as a duo, to form the musical trio the Browns. Signed by RCA Victor in 1956, the trio scored their biggest hit when their folk-pop single "The Three Bells" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop and country charts. The single held the No. 1 spot on the pop charts for 4 weeks, and on the country charts for ten.
After she married Dr. Gene Ring in 1960, she was known as Bonnie Brown Ring.
Unlike her siblings, Bonnie did not pursue a solo music career after the Browns dissolved, though the trio did reunite twice: in the 1980s, and in 2006 for a TV special Country Pop Legends.
On September 28, 2015, Bonnie Brown announced that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma right lung cancer. Brown died of the illness on July 16, 2016, fifteen days before her 78th birthday. She was survived by her sister Maxine Brown; and by daughter Kelly Ring, former co-anchor of the evening news at WTVT-TV in Tampa, Florida.
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