“The Three Bells” was originally a French song made famous by Edith Piaf who even sang it on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW in 1951.
Jim Ed Brown was in his high school chorus when the song became popular and they would regularly sing it in concert. Shortly after his graduation he began performing with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie as a country act. They managed to sign a contract with RCA and had a top ten country hit with “I Take The Chance.”
In 1959 they released their old high school favorite. “The Three Bells” entered the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on July 27, 1959, and on August 24, it reached the top of the chart where it remained for four weeks.
They remained together until 1967 when Bonnie and Maxine retired while Jim Ed embarked on a solo country career that continues down to the present day. All are still active and every once in awhile get together to sing their old number one hit.