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    The Statler Brothers

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    Genre:Country, Gospel
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

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    The Fourth Man lyrics
    3,717 4.6/5
    Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord lyrics
    7,572 4.5/5
    In the Beginning lyrics
    9,390 5.0/5
    Elizabeth lyrics
    5Got Leavin' on Her Mind lyrics
    6Hat and Boots lyrics
    There's a Man in Here lyrics
    8I Can't Help It lyrics
    9Saturday Morning Radio Show: Lil' Liza Jane/Honky lyrics
    10I'm Not Quite Through Crying lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    How Great Thou Art [Sony] [2001]
    The Best of the Statler Brothers [Mercury] [1975]
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    Holy Bible/Old & New Testaments [Mercury] [1979]
    The Holy Bible - Old Testament [Mercury] [1975]
    Icon: Statler Brothers [1978]
    Carry Me Back [Mercury] [1974]
    7When We Sing for Him [Sony]
    8The Statler Brothers Sing the Big Country Hits [Co [1967]
    9Flowers on the Wall [Columbia] [1966]
    10Best From The Farewell Concert


    Named after a brand of tissues, the four members of the
    Statler Brothers did not in fact share a fraternal bond; what
    they did share, however, was the distinction of being one of
    the most successful vocal harmony groups in the history of
    country music. Formed in the group's home base of
    Staunton, VA, in 1955, the Statlers were originally a church
    trio comprised of bass vocalist Harold Reid (born August 21,
    1939), baritone Phil Balsley (August 8, 1939), and tenor Lew
    DeWitt (March 8, 1938). In 1960, Reid's younger brother Don
    (born June 5, 1945) signed on to take the lead vocal reins,
    and the quartet performed gospel music under the name the

    After arranging a meeting with the promotional department
    for a local Johnny Cash concert, the Kingsmen were asked to
    open the performance. Cash was so impressed that he
    invited the group to join the tour, and after changing their
    name to the Statler Brothers, they remained on the road with
    Cash from 1963 to 1971. The Statlers signed to Columbia
    Records in 1964 and a year later scored a huge country and
    pop hit with DeWitt's "Flowers on the Wall," which also lent it's
    name to their 1966 debut album. 1967's The Statler Brothers
    Sing the Big Hits held true to its title's promise, generating a
    pair of Top Ten singles in "Ruthless" and "You Can't Have
    Your Kate and Edith, Too."

    In 1969, the quartet moved to Mercury Records, where
    they remained for over two decades; their first single for the
    label, 1970's "Bed of Rose's," was a Top Ten hit. In the same
    year, they held their first Fourth of July picnic; for decades,
    the celebration remained an annual holiday staple, drawing
    tens of thousands of fans each summer. Throughout the first
    half of the 1970s, the Statlers remained fixtures on the Top
    40 charts thanks to a string of nostalgic singles like
    1972's "Do You Remember These" and "The Class of '57,"
    1973's "Carry Me Back," and 1974's "Whatever Happened to
    Randolph Scott." Their LPs of the period were often concept
    records: 1972's The Statler Brothers Sing Country
    Symphonies in E Major was whimsically formatted like an
    orchestral performance (complete with
    sidebreak "intermission"), while 1975's joint release Holy
    Bible/Old Testament and Holy Bible/New Testament fulfilled a
    long-standing dream to record a gospel project. 1973's Alive
    at the Johnny Mack Brown High School, on the other hand,
    was a tongue-in-cheek effort recorded under the group's
    comic alias Lester "Roadhog" Moran & the Cadillac Cowboys.

    The sentimental "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You" was a Top
    Five hit in 1975 and was included on the Statlers' first best-of
    compilation, released later in the same year. After a series
    of Top Ten hits that included 1977's "The Movies" (another
    recurring Statler theme) and "I Was There," they earned
    their first chart-topper in 1978 with "Do You Know You Are
    My Sunshine," from the album Entertainers...on & off the
    Record. In 1980 the Statler Brothers celebrated their first
    decade on Mercury with 10th Anniversary, which featured the
    smash "Charlotte's Web," taken from the film Smokey and
    the Bandit, Pt. 2, in which the group also co-starred.

    After 1982's The Legend Goes On, DeWitt was forced to
    leave the group as a result of Crohn's disease; the illness
    ultimately killed him on August 15, 1990. The remaining
    Statlers tapped Jimmy Fortune as his successor, and
    immediately Fortune earned the group its second number
    one with his "Elizabeth" (an homage to actress Elizabeth
    Taylor), from the album Today. Their next two LPs, 1984's
    Atlanta Blue and 1985's Pardners in Rhyme, were credited to
    simply the Statlers; each record generated a number one
    hit — "My Only Love" and "Too Much on My Heart,"
    respectively — again composed by Fortune. They returned as
    the Statler Brothers for the 1986 inspirational release Radio
    Gospel Favorites, followed later in the year by Four for the
    Show. 1987's Maple Street Memories produced the Top Ten
    single "Forever"; 1989's "More Than a Name on the Wall,"
    which peaked at number six, was their last significant hit.
    They continued releasing albums, however, and in addition to
    remaining a popular touring act in the 1990s, the Statler
    Brothers also hosted a long-running variety show on TNN.

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