The Statler Brothers

The Statler Brothers, an American country music, gospel, and vocal group from Staunton, Virginia, began their illustrious career in 1955. Originally known as The Four Star Quartet and later The Kingsmen, they adopted the name Statler Brothers in 1963, despite no member being named Statler. The group, comprising Don and Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, and Lew DeWitt (later replaced by Jimmy Fortune in 1982), rose to fame as Johnny Cash's opening act and backup singers from 1964 to 1972. Their blend of gospel and country music, enriched with comedy and parody, captured audiences nationwide. The Statlers are renowned for their albums Flowers on the Wall and Bed of Rose's, which reflect their gospel roots and country music innovation. Throughout their career, they released over 40 albums, including songs that topped the Billboard charts such as Do You Know You Are My Sunshine?, Elizabeth, My Only Love, and Too Much on My Heart. Their contributions to music were acknowledged with numerous awards, including multiple Vocal Group of the Year titles from the Country Music Association and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Gospel Hall of Fame in 2007. Their influence extended beyond music into television, where they hosted The Statler Brothers Show on The Nashville Network, the network's top-rated program for seven years. The group retired in 2002, leaving a legacy as one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

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