Today in Country music April 3 featuring The Statler Brothers.
On this day in 2011, Jason Aldean topped Billboard's Country Albums chart for the second week in a row with My Kinda Party…. The album has sold over two million copies to date
Today in 2002, the Nashville songwriters association international presented Brad Paisley with their annual "Songwriter/Artist Of The Year" award
Toby Keith enjoyed his 5th straight week at #1 with "How Do You Like Me Now" in 2000
And on this day in 1964, The Statler Brothers - The Wreck Of The Old '97" with “Flowers on The Wall” becoming their first top 5 song in 1965 on both the Country and Top 40 charts.
The Statler Brothers were an American country music vocal group founded in 1955 in Staunton, Virginia.
Originally performing gospel music at local churches, the group billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen. In 1963, when the song "Louie, Louie" by the garage rock band also called The Kingsmen became famous, the group elected to bill themselves as The Statler Brothers. Despite the name, only two members of the group (Don and Harold Reid) are actual brothers and none have the surname of "Statler". The band, in fact, named themselves after a brand of facial tissue they had noticed in a hotel room (they joked that they could have turned out to be the Kleenex Brothers). Don Reid sang lead. Harold Reid, Don's older brother, sang bass. Phil Balsley sang baritone and Jimmy Fortune sang tenor after replacing original tenor Lew DeWitt in the early 1980s due to the latter's ill health. DeWitt died on August 15, 1990 of heart and kidney disease, stemming from complications of Crohn's disease
The Statler Brothers, recorded 38 albums which produced 69 singles. The group debuted in 1965 with "Flowers on the Wall", a number 2 country and number 4 pop hit. Although they never made top 40 on the pop charts again, The Statler Brothers continued to chart on Hot Country Songs until 1990, reaching number one with "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine" in 1978, "Elizabeth" in 1983, "My Only Love" in 1984 and "Too Much on My Heart" in 1985.
The group disbanded and retired after completing a farewell tour on October 26, 2002. The Statlers continue to be the most awarded act in the history of country music.
Since the Statlers' retirement in 2002, Don 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 co-wrote a history of the Statler Brothers titled Random Memories released in February 2008.