Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown first broke into country music as a solo artist with the release of “Pop a Top” in 1967. Although he had found success singing in The Browns alongside his sisters, Jim Ed’s unique talent shined through on the fun and memorable song.
The “pop-top” sound that’s featured throughout the song was unique and attention-grabbing. Brown’s beer-drinking anthem quickly shot up the charts and cemented him as a true country star.
Jim Ed Brown went on to record many more successful tracks through the 1970s and 80s, but “Pop a Top” became known as his signature song. As an artist, Brown became a lasting influence for the next few generations of country artists.
In 1999, Alan Jackson recorded a cover of Brown’s massive hit for his eight studio album, Under the Influence. The single once again hit the top ten of the Billboard country charts, and exposed a whole new generation of country fans to the track.
Brown passed away from lung cancer on June 11, 2015 at the age of 81. Although he may be gone, Jim Ed Brown’s legacy of well-crafted music will live on for generations.
Click below to see a vintage performance of “Pop a Top” from the legendary Jim Ed Brown.