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The Statler Brothers

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Staunton VA, United States (1955 – 2002)

The Statler Brothers were an American music vocal group founded in 1955 in Staunton, Virginia.

Originally performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen. In 1963, when the song “Louie, Louie” by the garage rock band also called The Kingsmen became famous, the group elected to bill themselves as The Statler Brothers. Despite the name, only two members of the group (Don and Harold Reid) are actual brothers and none have the surname of “Statler”. The band, in fact, named themselves after a brand of facial tissue they had noticed in a hotel room (they joked that they could have turned out to be the Kleenex Brothers). Don Reid sang lead. Harold Reid, Don’s older brother, sang bass. Phil Balsley sang baritone and Jimmy Fortune sang tenor after replacing original tenor Lew DeWitt in the early 1980s due to the latter’s ill health. DeWitt died on August 15, 1990 of heart and kidney disease, stemming from complications of Crohn’s disease.

The band’s style was closely linked to their gospel roots. “We took gospel harmonies,” said Harold Reid, “and put them over in country music.”

The group remained closely tied to their gospel roots, with a majority of their records containing at least one gospel song.

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  • Elyssyan

    What A great song! Thanks Pete☺

    15 Aug 8:02am Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    JUST GREAT VOICES

    16 Mar 12:27pm Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    THE STAT'S MAKE ME ...................JUST FAB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • JustAKayee

    v looolll

    20 Feb 3:18pm Reply
  • IamFlood

    Man, these guys wore some bitchin' sweaters!

    27 Jan 6:57pm Reply
  • gosjija

    Take me home, Country Roads:)

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lovehonkytonk

    What a group.!!!!

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • interste11ar

    Flowers On The Wall ))

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bananademon

    Christmas Present is my childhood.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gabiioiq

    <3

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • zuzanaaaa

    Pulp Fiction!

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • whobedee

    This music makes me think about my dad, who absolutely loved them!

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • deSilentio

    Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town.

    19 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nikkicoyote

    I came her(e) for the GTA San Andreas songs :P (Bed Of Roses and New York City) [2] Of course I wanna hear all their stuff as well. [-1]

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • thedeadspeaker

    I've discovered them thanks to Kurt Vonnegut who wrote about them in "Palm Sunday" - there are even lyrics for "Flowers On The Wall" and "The Class of '57"

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Some terrific music by the very famous group. Those of us in the 'baby boomer' generation of the 60s & 70s grew up on their style of music & performances. Brings back many fond memories as we listen via the digital revolution of the internet. God bless~!

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Roy_Cakes

    "Das ist ein Ligaspiel!" :-)

    8 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Xucatlan

    Beautiful songs.

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Psaurcacneosisa

    my parents use to have Flowers on the Wall on some old tape with random songs, this is one of the few songs that I remember

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Spog_Zallagi

    Most people come here for the Pulp Fiction song; I came her for the GTA San Andreas songs :P (Bed Of Roses and New York City) Of course I wanna hear all their stuff as well.

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
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