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Website:http://www.statlerbrothers.com/



Short Abstract:The Statler Brothers are an American country music group founded in 1955 in Staunton, Virginia. Originally, performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as "The Four Stars" and later as "The Kingsmen". In 1963, when "Louie, Louie" by the garage rock band also called The Kingsmen, the group selected to bill themselves as The Statler Brothers. Despite the newest name, just two of its four members are brothers, and none of them are named "Statler". The band, in fact, named themselves after a brand of facial tissue Don Reid sings lead and is the younger brother of Harold Reid, who sings bass. .

Backgrounds:Group Or Band

Origin Place:Staunton · United States of America · Virginia

Years Active:1955 - 2002


Categories:American Country Music Groups · American Country Musicians · Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductees · Country Music Quartets · Country Quartets · Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductees · Grammy Award Winners · Musical Groups With Siblings · People From Staunton, Virginia · People From Virginia


Labels:Columbia · Music Box · Yell

Genres:Country Music · Southern Gospel

Past Members:Don Reid · Harold Reid · Jimmy Fortune · Lew DeWitt

The Statler Brothers

The Statler Brothers are an American country music group founded in 1955 in Staunton, Virginia.

Originally, performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as "The Four Stars" and later as "The Kingsmen".

In 1963, when "Louie, Louie" by the garage rock band also called The Kingsmen, the group selected to bill themselves as The Statler Brothers.

Despite the newest name, just two of its four members are brothers, and none of them are named "Statler".

The band, in fact, named themselves after a brand of facial tissue Don Reid sings lead and is the younger brother of Harold Reid, who sings bass.

The other members are baritone Phil Balsley and tenor Jimmy Fortune, who replaced original Statler Lew DeWitt in the early 1980s due to the latter's ill health.

DeWitt died on August 15 1990 of heart and kidney disease, complications of Crohn's disease.

The band's style is closely linked to its gospel roots.

Harold Reid said of the group's style "We took gospel harmonies and put them over in country music".

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

They produced several albums containing only gospel music, and recorded a tribute song to the Blackwood Brothers, who influenced their music.

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