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Due to their expanding career the Statlers left Cash's entourage around the mid 1970s to pursue their own careers. Two of their best-known songs are "Flowers on the Wall", their first major hit that was composed and written by Lew DeWitt, and the socially conscious "Bed of Rose's". In the 1980s, the Statlers were a mainstay on TNN, where their videos were shown regularly. Also on TNN, between 1991 and 1998, they hosted their own show, The Statler Brothers Show , a weekly variety show which was the channel's top-rated program for its entire run.

[6] [7] Their songs have been featured on several film soundtracks. These range from "Charlotte's Web" in Smokey and the Bandit II , to "Flowers on the Wall" in the crime dramedy Pulp Fiction . 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 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. They 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". [8] Since forming, the Statler Brothers have released over 40 albums. [9] 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 store 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. [ citation needed ] In 1970, the group began performing at an annual Independence Day festival in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton. The event lasted for 25 years and included many country music figures including Mel Tillis, Charley Pride and many others. The group also honored their hometown with the song "Staunton, Virginia" on their 1973 album Do You Love Me Tonight . Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group 1979 Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group 1980 Favorite Country Band, Duo or Group 1981. The group disbanded and retired after completing a farewell tour on October 26, 2002. Balsley and the Reid brothers continue to reside in Staunton, while Fortune has relocated to Nashville, where he is continuing his music career as a solo artist. The Statlers continue to be the one of the most awarded act in the history of country music. [15] Since the Statlers' retirement in 2002, Don Reid has pursued a second career as an author. He authored or co-authored three books: Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible , Sunday Morning Memories , and You'll Know It's Christmas When. He and Harold Reid co-wrote a history of the Statler Brothers titled Random Memories released in February 2008. Wil and Langdon Reid, the sons of Harold and Don respectively, formed a duo in the 1990s, originally performing under the name Grandstaff. In 2007, Grandstaff recorded "The Statler Brothers Song", a tribute song to the Statler Brothers. In an interview on Nashville's WSM (AM) on March 25, 2010, Wil Reid said that they decided to change their name to Wilson Fairchild after many people got the name "Grandstaff" wrong during introductions. The name comes from "Wilson", Wil's middle name, and "Fairchild", Langdon's middle name. 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. [8] They have also been called "America's Poets" by Kurt Vonnegut. Say those names to anyone who loved country music in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s and even today, and they'll know you're talking about the most honored country music group in history. The Statler's, formed in 1955, came to national prominence in 1965 with the release of their first ( mega )hit 'Flowers On The Wall'. Of course, only two of the boys were actually brothers, Harold and Don Reid. Add in the beautiful voices of Phil Balsley and Lew DeWitt and you had the makings of country music history.

An over 8-year run opening for the Johnny Cash Show exposed them to millions of new fans. who became dedicated fans of this 4-some from Staunton, Virginia. Beginning in 1972 the Statler's were the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year nine of the next twelve years, including six years in a row. Add three prestigious Grammy's, as well as induction into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Hall of Fame ( the Statler's included Gospel music at every show ), and you begin to get an idea of what the Statler's Brothers meant, not only to country music but to music , period. And no story about the Statler's would be complete with giving a nod to their alter-ego's, Lester 'Roadhog' Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys! But even with all those awards, all the thrill's the Statler's gave to millions and millions of fans around the world, their story is not without tragedy. It was on August 15, 1990, that Lew DeWitt passed away from complications due to Crohns disease.

It was shortly thereafter that Jimmy became a Statler Brother. And while it had to personally have been difficult to deal with Lew's death, at least from the outside, it seemed they didn't miss a beat. Jimmy brought not only a beautiful voice to the group, but he also brought along sensational writing talents as well, including the now-classic 'More Than A Name On A Wall' So whatever happened to the most honored country music group in history? The Statler Brothers finished a final tour and retired from performing as a group with a final show on October 26, 2002. Jimmy Fortune continues to tour and record as a solo act.

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