Helen Cornelius

Saturday, October 23, 2004 - 2:00pm

Helen Cornelius Appeared October 23, 2004
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Hear Helen & Jim Ed Brown Hits! Click A Song Title & Wait About 10 Seconds help
(These song sample include Jim Ed Brown who did not appear with Helen)
audio.gif (868 bytes) I Don't Want To Have To Marry You  audio.gif (868 bytes) Fools  audio.gif (868 bytes) Saying Hello  audio.gif (868 bytes) I'm Leaving It All Up To You
Please Note: We apologize for not having any photos of the Helen Cornelius show. Due to imaging equipment failure after the show, all the photo files were lost.
It was Helen's songwriting that initially swung open the doors along the corridors of Nashville's Music Row. By the mid-'70's, she had songs recorded by a number of major artists, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Jeannie C. Riley, Connie Smith, Charlie Louvin and Melba Montgomery, LaCosta, and Dottsy--to mention a handful. Helen teamed with Jim Ed Brown for the first time on record in June of 1976 with the now country standard, I Don't Want To Have To Marry You, a song discovered by Chet Atkins. Upon release of the duet, the song quickly climbed to the top of Billboard's Country Top 100, remaining #1 for multiple weeks and holding the top spot in a number of major markets for as much as four months. Helen's teaming on record with Jim Ed Brown was further crowned with success that year by her individual nomination as "Most Promising Female Vocalist" by Music City News. Following this win, the West Coast based Academy of Country Music gave her their prestigious nod in the "Best New Female Vocalist" category. As a duet, Jim Ed Brown and Helen capped their year in 1977 with a win of the coveted CMA Awards for "Vocal Duo Of The Year", "Single Of The Year", and "Album Of The Year". They went on to enjoy twelve more Top 10 singles--the majority reaching Top 5 or Number 1 status. Morning Comes Too Early, Fools, Lying In Love With You, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, and Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.
In 1980, Helen embarked on her own solo career and immediately began touring with Conway Twitty as his opening act for the next two years. Noted theatrical producer, William Fegan, taking careful note of Helen's natural onstage dynamics and crowd-pleasing ways, signed her in January 1984 to play the lead role in a road show revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun". As Annie, playing opposite Dave Rowland, Helen took steady aim on yet another dimension of her talents; acting. Helen and the road company that also featured her "Southern Spirit" musicians attracted packed houses, standing ovations, and rave reviews during a run that took them into 64 cities, often performing as many as three shows per city. On the heels of closing in "Annie Get Your Gun", Helen shifted gears to tour with The Statler Brothers on their sell-out concert series for the next two years along with the demands of her own individual concert dates.
In 1991, ready for a new challenge Helen opened a dinner restaurant in Gatlinburg, TN., "Nashville South", where she performed nightly through 1996. As she stated, "I loved getting to sing different songs each night, take requests, and do such a variety of music." I also loved hiking the mountains and becoming a part of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. In 1997, Helen joined once again with Jim Ed Brown to perform in the Eagle Mountain Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN., along with Con Hunley. Continuing in the theater presentations, Helen then became part of THE GRAND LADIES show in Branson, Mo., which opened in April of 2000. This show featured many of country music's best known female performers, among them...Opry stars Jean Shepard, Jan Howard, Jeannie Seely, Margo Smith, Norma Jean, Wanda Jackson, Leona Williams, and a host of talented ladies. After three successful years in this show, Helen is now back touring and performing duet dates with Jim Ed Brown, as well as solo dates. "I still love to perform, and will always be happy when I am singing".