History of The Three Bells


It was the 1960’s in recent news and John F. Kennedy’s Assassination that was remembered after 50 years. They asked in the paper again, as before, where we were when we heard the news. Everyone that was alive at the time does remember. For me, in 1963, I was in 10th grade and specifically in gym class at that moment…

Then thinking about the sixties, most of it can just be forgotten, there were riots, protests, and the Vietnam War… “Turbulent 6o’s” as they say.

BUT- there were some good moments, too, and they come to mind thinking about that era in my life. Although I started losing my hearing at age 15, I could still hear and play music. I couldn’t get all the words but enough along with the tune and others would fill in the words to all the lyrics.

Now I am nearly completely deaf and the only songs and tunes that I know are those from before my loss and from the 1960’s. It’s only now with the Internet, that when these tunes come to mind, I can look up some of the lyrics or the title and find out the rest. Tonight, it was THE THREE BELLS from the mid-1960’s sung by The Browns and TOP on the Country and Pop Charts then, as well as, in 1959 when it came out. In fact, it is all over the world now and still sells.

The history of this song is impressive and starts with WWII, in France, and under a different name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Bells

One of the singers, Maxine Brown, in the group wrote this story on her website, which is more comprehensive and beautiful:

http://themaxinebrown.com/biography/story-song-bells/

The amazing thing is that the song is about each person’s life. The “Jimmy Brown” is not really a point of it, but each of us, and as the singer said,
“Every important stage of one person’s life is tied to a church bell in this beautiful Alpine valley.”

Unlike songs of today, those back then did have more meaningful words anyway…
BTW- The Browns still perform at the Grand Olde Opry in TN and some have said they sound even better now. But you be the judge…I found these on YouTube of the 1965 performance and of a more recent one.

1965 The Browns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtyx8wG8BsI

Recent performance by The Browns

I close with the lyrics:

From Classic Country – Three Bells Lyrics

There’s a village hidden deep in the valley among the pine trees half forlorn
And there on a sunny morning little Jimmy Brown was born
All the chapel bells were ringing in the little valley town
And the songs that they were singing was for baby Jimmy Brown
And the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation bless this hour of meditation guide him with eternal love

There’s a village hidden deep in the valley beneath the mountains high above
And there twenty years thereafter Jimmy was to meet his love
All the chapel bells were ringing t’was a great day in his life
For the songs that they were singing was for Jimmy and his wife
And the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation bless oh Lord this celebration
May their lives be filled with love

From the village hidden deep in the valley one rainy morning dark and grey
A soul which wait in the heaven Jimmy Brown had passed away
Just the lonely bell was ringing in the little valley town
T’was there well it was singing to our good old Jimmy Brown
And the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation may his soul find this salvation of Thy great eternal love.

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2 Responses to History of The Three Bells

  1. Diane Happ says:

    Very nice Sue!!

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    thegardensofboxwoodmanor posted: “It was the 1960s in recent news and John F. Kennedys Assassination that was remembered after 50 years. They asked in the paper again, as before, where we were when we heard the news. Everyone that was alive at the time does remember. For me, in 1963, I “

  2. What a pretty tune! Thanks for sharing this video & the information about the song.

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