The Statler Brothers originate from Staunton, a town on the edge of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA. In 1955 Harold W. Reid (21 August 1939, Augusta County, Virginia, USA; bass), Philip E. Balsley (b. 8 August 1939, Augusta County, Virginia, USA; baritone), Lew C. DeWitt (b. 8 March 1938, Roanoke County, Virginia, USA, d. 15 August 1990, Waynesboro, Virginia, USA; tenor) and Joe McDorman formed a gospel quartet. Although McDorman never became a Statler, he has worked with them occasionally. In 1960 he was replaced by Harolds brother, Donald S. Reid (b. 5 June 1945, Staunton, Virginia, USA), who is now the groups lead singer. Originally the quartet was called the Kingsmen, but they changed it to avoid confusion with a US pop group. The Statler Brothers was chosen from the manufacturers name on a box of tissues, and the group point out that they might have been the Kleenex Brothers. In 1963, they auditioned for Johnny Cash, who invited them to be...
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