Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir
Maxine BrownISBN: 1557287902;
Book DescriptionThe Browns--Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed--are a trio of singing siblings that had tremendous success in the 1950s and '60s. Following in the tradition of Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner's Daughter, this memoir, told in Maxine's own plucky, spirited style, delves into the Browns' remarkable past, beginning with a Depression-era childhood in rural south Arkansas scarred by poverty and tragedy. From that beginning emerges a duo, Maxine and Jim Ed, who became a popular feature of Little Rock's Barnyard Frolic and, in 1954, had a top ten hit with "Looking Back to See." Sister Bonnie later joined them, and strengthened by shared experience they soon were regulars on the well-known Louisiana Hayride. They would eventually help a young Elvis Presley get started on the show and tour with him as their opening act, and it wasn't long before he became a close friend of the family. Other hits followed, including "I Take a Chance" and "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing." Early mismanagement...
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