Who Are the Statler Brothers?

Who Are the Statler Brothers?

The Statler Brothers were a well-known quartet that sang country music between 1964 and 2002. The four members of the group were Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune and Don Reid. Initially, the foursome were backup singers for Johnny Cash, both on stage and on his records. After more than eight years with Johnny, the group went out on their own, despite having success with "Flowers on the Wall," released while they were still with the Cash troupe.

Starting in 1972, the Statler Brothers had a number of hit records, including "Bed of Rose’s," "Class of '57" and "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You." The group was known for its original harmonies and sense of humor.

The Statlers were a multi-award-winning group. They were named the Vocal Group of the Year nine times by the Country Music Association and the Top Vocal Group twice by the Academy of Country Music. Additionally, the Statlers received three Grammy Awards and were named to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

In addition to being country stars, the Statlers also were television stars. In the 1990s, the group starred in "The Statler Brothers Show" on the Nashville Network for seven years. They were the most popular show on the network during that time frame.

In the early 2000s, the group decided to finally retire after nearly 40 years of performing. They performed for the last time in the fall of 2002 before retiring to their respective homes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.