Harold Reid, Statler Brothers Group Bass Country Singer Dies at 80

Singer Harold Reid of the Grammy Award Winner Country Group Statler Brothers has died after a prolonged illness.

80-year-old Harold Reid has been undergoing treatment for kidney failure for a long time, due to which he has died in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia.

The news of his death has been confirmed by his nephew Debo Reid to a news agency. He has told the agency that he died in his hometown on Friday while undergoing treatment for his kidney.

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His country group Statler Brothers has given a backup to country icon Johnny Cash. He was supported by his group’s backups in such famous villages as 1965’s “Flowers on the Wall” and 1970′s “Bed of Rose’s”.

The original name of his Statler Brothers group was ‘Four-Star Quartet’ which he started in 1948 with his friends Joe McDorman, Lew DeWitt and Phil Balsley.

On his death, many of his fans and friends have given him a tribute through social media.

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On behalf of the Country Music Hall of Fame, its CEO Kyle Young wrote on Twitter giving him the tribute: “Harold Reid was a driving force in one of country music’s greatest quartets, the Statler Brothers. He helped steer them to stupendous successes, and his stirring bass was the underpinning of dozens of classics. We mourn his loss and celebrate a life well-lived. -Kyle Young, CEO”

Harold Reid was also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.