Monday, January 21, 2019
– Country Music Hall of Famer Maxine Brown Russell, a member of The Browns, passed today at Bowman Hospice in Little Rock, Ark. from complications of heart and kidney disease at 87. Her family was by her side.
As one-third of the popular country trio The Browns, the group had hits with "The Three Bells," "The Old Lamplighter," "Scarlet Ribbons" and "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On." As a songwriter, her first taste of success came with The Browns' release of "Looking Back To See."
Maxine Brown was the "cut up" of the globally-renowned trio, which toured abroad in the United Kingdom and Japan. The Browns joined The Grand Ole Opry in 1963 and appeared on hit television shows of the day, including: The Ed Sullivan Show, The Arthur Murray Show, The Perry Como Show, American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and The Jerry Lewis Show.
In 2012, Russell was awarded the Ella Dicky Literary Award for her 2005 autobiography, Looking Back To See. In 2015, The Browns were inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame.
Born April 27, 1931 in Campti, La., Russell was predeceased by her parents, Floyd and Birdie Brown, sisters Bonnie Ring and Norma Sullivan, brothers Jim Ed Brown and Raymond Brown, and her son, Tommy H. Russell, Jr. She is survived by two children, Jimmy Russell (Mary) and Alicia Short (Curtis), six grandchildren (Caitlin, Daniel, Meredith, Eva, Patrick, and Katherine), and two great-grandchildren (Atlas and Aina).