Personalities | The Statler Brothers | Nashville & Beyond | Country

(Vocal quartet, 1955–present)

The Statler Brothers first performed as The Kingsmen, in and around Staunton, Virginia, where the founding members attended high school together. The original Statlers were brothers Harold (b. 1939) and Don Reid (b. 1945), Lew DeWitt (1938–90) and Phil Balsley (b. 1939). When DeWitt was sidelined with illness in 1981, he was replaced by Jimmy Fortune (b. 1955). One of modern country music’s most popular and long-running vocal groups, The Statlers brilliantly adapted the gospel-quartet vocal style to secular music and became a force in the country charts and occasionally the pop charts from the mid-1960s until the 1980s. First hitting the charts with ‘Flowers On The Wall’ (1965), their other best-known, nostalgia-laden odes include ‘Do You Remember These’ (1972), ‘Do You Know You Are My Sunshine’ (1978) and ‘Elizabeth’ (1983).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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