By Doug Davis
A lot of hit songs came from love affairs or ex-love affairs and according to Maxine Brown – The Browns’ 1955 hit record “Here Today And Gone Tomorrow” was one of those tunes. In fact – Maxine said the song came from a love affair that just didn’t make the grade!
She says the idea for that song came from a guy she was dating. He was a nice guy but they just began to grow apart and she kept telling herself that the guy was “here today and gone tomorrow.” So after thinking about it for some time – she sat down and wrote the song and titled it “Here Today And Gone Tomorrow.”
According to Maxine, the song was easy to write and it only took a few minutes to finish it but it was quite awhile before she showed the song to anyone.
She finally sang the song for Jim Ed and Bonnie and they both liked it and “Here Today And Gone Tomorrow” became The Browns’ second charted song. The RCA Victor single came on the country music charts November 12th, 1955 and peaked at number 7. It was on the charts for seven weeks.
Jim Ed, Maxine and Bonnie Brown placed twenty one songs on the country music charts from 1954 thru 1967. The trio disbanded in 1967 with Jim Ed and Maxine continuing as solo artists.
Maxine placed one song on the charts as a solo artist – “”Sugar Cane County” which peaked at number 64 in 1968.
As a solo act – Jim Ed Brown placed fifty one songs on the country music charts between 1965 and 1981 – including several hits with Helen Cornelius. The pair was named CMA’s Vocal Duo Of The Year in 1977.
Jim Ed Brown died June 11th, 2015.
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