Jim Ed Brown

I Don't Want to Have to Marry You

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Jim Ed Brown's post-Browns career included a string of hit duets with Helen Cornelius, whose double-tracked vocal lines sometimes created a simulated trio sound. The sound was so contemporary, though, that it never resembled the Browns except for the familiar feature of Jim Ed's rich crooning. I Don't Want to Have to Marry You was the duo's first collaboration and biggest album success, reaching the Top Three on Cash Box's country album chart. It was propelled up the charts by the number one hits "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You," and its follow-up, "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye." (The latter reached number one only in Cash Box). "I Don't Want to Marry You" is a slice-of-life country song that states a romantic case for sexual abstinence before marriage, and "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye" sounds like a song Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn might have recorded. Brown and Cornelius each enjoy a solo turn, and join together on a few classic oldies like "I'm Leaving It All Up to You" and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You." I Don't Want to Have to Marry You isn't necessarily the duo's best album, but it was their most popular.

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