Maxine Brown Russell of Country trio The Browns dies at 87

Maxine Brown Russell - Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Maxine Brown Russell has died from complications of heart and kidney disease at the age of 87. Russell passed away Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, with family by her side.

As one-third of the popular Country trio The Browns, Russell had a career spanning the 1950s and 60s with "million sellers," like "The Three Bells," "The Old Lamplighter," "Scarlet Ribbons," and "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On."

Known as the "cut up" of the group, Maxine joined The Grand Ole Opry with The Browns in 1963 and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Arthur Murray Show, The Perry Como Show, American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and The Jerry Lewis Show.

In 2015, The Browns were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Russell 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). Funeral services are being planned and will be announced soon.

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