The Statler Brothers sometimes simply referred to Sometimes - The WonderBeards - Were Not Brothers Statlers were an American country musicgospeland vocal group.
The quartet was formed in performing locally and, inthey began singing backup for Johnny Cash until Originally performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen. Despite the name, only Sometimes - The WonderBeards - Were Not Brothers members of the group Don and Harold Reid are actual brothers and none has 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 Sometimes - The WonderBeards - Were Not Brothers the Kleenex Brothers.
The band's style was closely linked to their gospel roots. The group remained closely tied to their gospel roots, 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 Brotherswho influenced their Sometimes - The WonderBeards - Were Not Brothers . Very early on in the group's history, before the group named themselves "The Statler Brothers", Joe McDorman was their original lead singer.
The show ran from — Due to their expanding career, the Statlers left Cash's entourage around the mids to pursue their own careers. They left Cash on good terms. Two of their best-known songs are " Flowers on the Wall ", their first major hit that was composed and written by Lew DeWittand the socially conscious " Bed of Rose's ". Also on TNN, between andthey hosted their own show, The Statler Brothers Showa weekly variety show which was the channel's top-rated program for its entire run.
Throughout their career, much of their appeal was related to their incorporation of comedy and parody into their musical act, thanks in large part to the humorous talent of group member Harold Reid; they were frequently nominated for awards for their comedy as well as their singing.
They recorded two comedy albums as Lester "Roadhog" Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys, and one-half of one side of the album Country Music Then and Now was devoted to satirizing small-town radio stations' Saturday morning shows.
Since forming, the Statler Brothers have released over 40 albums. The Statler Brothers purchased and renovated their former elementary school in Staunton, and occupied the complex for several years. The complex consisted of offices for the group, a small museum and auditorium, as well as an adjacent building which served as office space for unrelated businesses. A garage was built to Theres A Honky Tonk Angel (Who Will Take Me Back In) - Elvis Presley - Promised Land (8-Track Cartr the two tour buses that the group had used for many years.
The group has since sold the building, which has been converted back into a school. The event drew as many asfans each year.
Academy of Country Music. Country Music Association. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Gospel Hall of Fame. American Music Awards. The group disbanded and retired after completing a farewell tour on October 26, Balsley and the Reid brothers continue to reside in Stauntonwhile Fortune relocated to Nashvillewhere he is continuing his music career as a solo artist. He has released three albums as a soloist. The Statlers remain one of the most awarded acts in the I Love You Truly - George Ryan - Organ Gems of country music.
Since the Statlers' retirement inDon Reid has pursued a second career as an author. Wil and Langdon Reid, the sons of Harold and Don respectively, formed a duo in the s, originally performing under the name Grandstaff.
The name comes from "Wilson", Wil's middle name, and "Fairchild", Langdon's middle name. Sisters Kim and Karmen Reid daughters of Harold also enjoyed a brief stint as a country duo in the early s. The Statler Brothers have been credited as the first country music act to transfer the genre's nostalgia from a rural to a suburban setting.
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