On April 25, 2020, Harold Reid, Country Musical Hall of Fame and The Statler Brothers’ core member died losing a battle with kidney failure. He was born in Staunton City, Virginia, United States, on 21 August 1939. The time he was born is also known as the Great Depression when the economy was in decline and the manufacturing world was hardest affected. Hollywood flourished and excelled through his development of the film. He finished his Bordentown schooling but there is no proof of Reid attending college. Harold Reid was also a key songwriter of the group best known for the song, Bed of Roses.
Harold Reid Career
The cinema industry was rising at the time Reid was born. It also indirectly helped to grow and expand the music industry. Hence Harold also developed the taste in taking active part into the music. In 1955 Reid began his career by joining The Statler Brothers in Staunton, VA. The Statler Brothers were composed of five members: Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Lew DeWitt, Joe McDorman and Jimmy Fortune. Harold was a group singer but later started composing songs as well. Reid had co-written more than 17 mega hit songs for the group throughout the time. His younger brother, Don Reid is The Statler Brothers’ lead singer. Reid was affiliated with the party from 1955 to 2002, from beginning to end. Reid quit the party after. The Statler Brothers have sung and released over 40 albums during this time period.
Reid and his band also acted as the backing band to Johnny Cash until 1972. The entire band retired and disbanded the group in 2002, and went the same year to welcome their fans for a farewell tour. Reid was also a music writer and wrote songs for the band that developed into hit songs like Do You Know You Are My Sunshine, Bed of Roses, etc. Younger brother of Harold Reid, Don Reid was the lead singer in The Statler Brothers.
Harold Reid Cause of Death
Harold Reid died at his home in Staunton, Virginia, at the age of 80 because of long battle kidney failure. His nephew Debo reid announced the death of a founding member of the Statler Brothers, a Grammy-winning country group. Debo said,
He leaves a large and loving family and millions of fans who remember his stage and TV antics with smiles and cherish his music that will live with the ages.
Harold Reid Biography
Date Of Birth
August 21, 1939
Age (As of 2020)
April 25, 2020
Place Of Birth
Staunton, Virginia, US
Sidney Boxley Reid
Mary Frances Reid
Five Daughters One Son (Kim, Karen, Kodia, Kasey & Will Read)
He was Married
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
5 Feet 9 Inches (176 cm)
85 KG (187 lbs)
Breast Size (Approx)
Waist Size (Approx)
Shoe Size (US)
The Statler Brothers
The Statler Brothers were an American country music, gospel, and singing group (sometimes simply referred to as The Statlers). The quartet was formed locally in 1955 and, until 1972, they started singing backup for Johnny Cash in 1964.
Originally playing gospel music in local churches, the group was dubbed The Four Star Quartet, and later The Kingsmen. In 1963, when the garage rock band’s song “Louie, Louie” also called The Kingsmen became popular, the band decided to bill itself as The Statler Brothers. Despite the name, only two group members (Don and Harold Reid) are actual brothers, and neither have Statler’s surname. The group originally named itself after a brand of facial tissue that they had found in a hotel room (they quipped that they would eventually have called themselves “the Kleenex Brothers”).
Don Reid sang the lead, Harold Reid, Don’s older brother, sang the bass, Phil Balsley sang the baritone; and Lew DeWitt sang the tenor and was the Statlers’ guitarist until being replaced by Jimmy Fortune in 1983 because of DeWitt’s ill health. DeWitt continued to perform as a solo artist from heart and kidney disease until his death on 15 Aug. 1990. Harold Reid died on 24 April 2020 after a long struggle with kidney failure. The theme of the band was closely associated with its gospel roots. “We took gospel harmonies,” Harold Reid said, “and put them in country music.” The group remained closely linked to their gospel roots, with at least one gospel song on a majority of their albums. They released many gospel-only albums and recorded a tribute song to the Blackwood Brothers, who inspired their music. The Statler Brothers wrote the song “We Got Paid by Cash,” as a tribute to Johnny Cash, who found and mentored them.