Harold Reid, who sang bass for the Grammy-winning country group, Los Statler Brothers, lost his life after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 80 years old.
Reid lost the battle last Friday in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia, the news was shared by his nephew Debo Reid.
The Statler Brothers frequently sang backups for the country’s music icon. Johnny Cash. Some of his biggest hits included “Flowers on the Wall” the 1965 y “Bed of Roses” the 1970.
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STATLER BROTHER legend HAROLD REID has passed … This is devestating news … God bless his family during this time of immeasurable loss … so very sad to lose yet another long time friend and hero … REST EASY HAROLD … another bass singer in the choir … #haroldreid pic.twitter.com/Y89cJMmivd
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys)
April 25, 2020
Harold Reid was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was also a comedian.
“He is and will always be loved by his family, friends and millions of fans,” said a statement on the band’s website.
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“His singing, his composition and his comedy made generations happy. He has taken a piece of our hearts 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 Kingsmen, sang primarily gospel music. McDorman resigned and was replaced by Don Reid, Harold’s younger brother.
DeWitt once said that the group changed its name again because several other acts, all better known, were billed as Kingsmen. The new name comes from a box of Statler tissue, he said.
The quartet changed to Country music in 1964, after meeting Cash and joining his road show and since then he became a country music icon.
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The Statlers won three Grammy Awards and nine major groups were named by the Country Music Association, this was during the last two decades.
“He leaves behind a large and loving family and millions of fans who remember his antics on stage and on television with smiles and appreciate his music that will live on through the ages,” Debo Reid said in a statement.
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