The Statler Brothers often sang the backup of country icon Johnny Cash. Some of their biggest hits included “Flowers on the Wall” from 1965 and “Bed of Rose’s” from the 1970s.
Harold Reid was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was also an actor.
“He is and will always be loved by his family, friends and millions of fans,” said a statement on the group’s website. “His song, writing and comedy have made generations happy. He took a piece of our heart with him. “
Reid and three childhood friends – Lew DeWitt, Phil Balsley and Joe McDorman – formed the Four-Star Quartet in 1948. The group, later known as the Kingsmen, sang mainly gospel music. McDorman resigned and was replaced by Don Reid, Harold’s younger brother.
DeWitt once said that the group had changed its name again because several other acts – all better known – were presented as the Kingsmen. The new name comes from a box of Statler cloth, he said.
The quartet switched to country music in 1964, after meeting Cash and joining their road show.
Over the next two decades, the Statlers won three Grammy Awards and were named the best vocal groups nine times by the Country Music Association.
“He leaves a large and loving family and millions of fans who remember his scene and television antics with a smile and cherish his music that will live with time,” Debo Reid said in a statement.