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Celebrities and Fans Mourn Death of Great Musician and Songwriter Harold Reid

Lois Oladejo
May 01, 2020
03:00 A.M.
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Country music fans across the world got a shock earlier this week when Harold Reid died. In the past few days, several notable names have shared their condolences.

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Harold, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who became famous as part of "The Statler Brothers," passed away earlier this week. He died after a lengthy battle with kidney failure.

The 80-year-old got significant acclaim from his days on the country band, "The Statler Boys." The band started back in 1955 and had an incredible run that ended with their retirement in 2002.

The Statler Brothers members: Harold Reid, Jimmy Fortune, Don Reid and Phil Balsley posing for a photo in 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

The Statler Brothers members: Harold Reid, Jimmy Fortune, Don Reid and Phil Balsley posing for a photo in 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

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The Statler Boys had several top 10 hits over their decades-long career. However, perhaps their most famous song was "Flowers on the Wall," a 1965 pop-country crossover.

Since the news of Harold's death came out, country music acts have all come out to pay their respects. Reba McEntire said on Twitter:

"..We will never forget you. So many great memories and I'll never forget you giving me my very first @CountryMusic award."

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Singer and songwriter Crystal Gayle also said in a tweet that Harold was an inspiration to her. Crystal had been a regular on the Statler Brothers Show, years back.

She pointed out that Harold had been welcoming to her when she joined the show. He also had a kind heart, and people never experienced a dull moment around him.

The Statler Boys had a gospel quartet style that worked to their advantage.

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The tributes to Harold have continued to come in from different parts of the country music scene. The Oak Ridge Boys and Linda Davis joined in with fond memories of the late singer as well.

"Should've Been A Cowboy" singer Toby Keith celebrated Harold with a tribute performance on YouTube. Roseanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, also said:

"...Harold was a kind and funny man. He's that great low voice that comes in a beat early in Flowers On the Wall..."

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Several fans have also come out to share their sadness at the news. Many of them pointed to the incredible work that he did with The Statler Boys, while others noted his charming personality.

The Statler Boys had a gospel quartet style that worked to their advantage. It also helped them to mark their name in the music scene at the time.

While the band had started with gospel material, they eventually branched out after they scored their first hit. Despite rumors of a reunion tour, however, they never returned to the road after their retirement in 2002.

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