Harold Reid, Statler Brothers Founding Member And Bass Singer, Dies At 80 – Harold Reid, who was part of the Grammy Award winning group The Statler Brothers, died on Friday (April 24) in Staunton, VA.
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Harold Reid, who sang bass for The Statler Brothers, has died following a long battle with kidney failure. He was 80.
Harold Reid died on Friday April 24, 2020, in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia.
“He is and will always be loved by his family, friends and millions of fans,” a statement on the bands website reads. “His singing, his songwriting and his comedy made generations happy. He has taken a piece of our hearts with him.”
The Statler Brothers’ bass singer and comedian, Harold Reid was born on August 21, 1939 in Augusta Country, Virginia.
Harold Reid with three boyhood friends — Lew DeWitt, Phil Balsley and Joe McDorman — formed the Four-Star Quartet in 1948, later known as the Kingsmen.
The Statler Brothers took its name from a brand of facial tissues.
The quartet began their career in gospel music before crossing over to country after meeting country music legend, Johnny Cash, in 1964 and joining his road show.
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Two of their best-known songs are — 1965’s “Flowers on the Wall” and 1970′s “Bed of Rose’s.”
In the 1980s, the Statlers were a mainstay on The Nashville Network (TNN), where their videos were shown regularly and ‘The Statler Brothers Show,’ was named the top-rated program, during its seven seasons.
The Statler Brothers earned the number one spot on the Billboard chart four times, for “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine?” in 1978; “Elizabeth” in 1984; and in 1985, “My Only Love” and “Too Much on My Heart”.
The Statlers, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid, retired from concerts and tours in 2002, the band inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the 2015 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.
The group won three Grammy Awards — 1965 Best New Country & Western Artist, 1965 Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance – Group (Vocal or Instrumental) – “Flowers on the Wall,” 1972 Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – “The Class of ’57” and also were named top vocal groups nine times (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984) by the Country Music Association.