Harold Reid was an American singer and was the bass singer for the Statler Brothers. Harold Reid died on Friday, April 24 after a long battle with kidney failure, ABC News reported. The Statler Brothers is a grammy-winning country group and they frequently sang backup for country icon Johnny Cash. Some of their biggest hits included 1965’s “Flowers on the Wall” and 1970’s “Bed of Rose’s.” Harold Reid was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He was also a comedian.
Harold Reid Age
Harold Reid was born on August 21, 1939, in Staunton. At the time of his death, he was 80 years old.
Harold Reid Spouse
Brenda and Harold Reid were married for several decades, they have four daughters, Kim, Karmen, Kodia, and Kasey. The family attends Oliver Presbyterian Church, where Brenda was the chairman of the Christian Community Action Committee and a member of the Women of the Church.
Harold Reid and the Statler Brothers
The Statler Brothers formed with four members, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Joe McDorman, and Lew DeWitt, and the quartet originally sang gospel music. The group was formed in 1955 performing locally and in 1964, they began singing backup for Johnny Cash until 1972. The group originally performed gospel music at local churches and they then billed themselves as The Four Star Quartet, and then later, The Kingsman. The lead singer of the group, McDorman, quit and he was replaced by Reid’s younger brother, Don Reid. The group then changed their name from The Kingsman to The Statler Brothers. In 1964, they started singing backup for country music legend Johnny Cash, which they did for over eight years. Despite the name, The Statler Brothers, only two members of the group (Don and Harold Reid) were actual brothers and neither has the surname of Statler. The group named themselves after a brand of facial tissue they had noticed in a hotel room. Don Reid sang lead, Harold Reid, Don’s older brother sang bass, Phil Balsley sang Baritone, and Lew DeWitt sang tenor and was the guitarist of the Statlers before being replaced by Jimmy Fortune in 1983 due to DeWitt’s ill health. DeWitt proceeded to perform as a solo artist until his death on August 15, 1990, from heart and kidney disease. The country group had multiple hits, including “Flowers on the Wall,” “Bed of Rose’s” and “Hello Mary Lou.” The Statler Brothers also won three Grammy awards, and they were inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. The Statler Brothers stayed together until 2002 when the group put on a farewell tour. In all. The Statler Brothers had 66 singles chart on Billboard country. According to TMZ the group also ventured into TV … they had a variety show on TNN from 1991 to 1997.
Harold Reid Death
Reid’s family revealed that Harold passed on Friday, April 24, 2020, from his long fight with kidney failure. In the official statement confirming his death, it read,” He is and will always be loved by his family, friends and millions of fans. His singing, his songwriting, and his comedy made generations happy. He has taken a piece of our hearts with him.”
A lot of folks are going to be digging out there Statler Brothers albums today. RIP Harold Reid. pic.twitter.com/mXdF0IazNx
— Hits and Grins (@HitsandGrins) April 25, 2020
According to Reid’s nephew Debo, the singer passed away in Staunton, Virginia. In a statement to ABC News, Debo Reid 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.”
After the news of Harold Reid’s death broke, many fans took to social media to share their thoughts. Grammy-award winning artist Linda Davis tweeted. “So sad to learn of the passing of Harold Reid. The Statler Bros were part of the soundtrack of my youth. In the beginning of my touring career, they took a chance on me and invited me to open up a whole bunch of shows & I was also a regular on their tv show. RIP ‘Lester’.”
So sad to learn of the passing of Harold Reid 😔 The Statler Bros were part of the sound track of my youth. In the beginning of my touring career, they took a chance on me and invited me to open up a whole bunch of shows & I was also a regular on their tv show. RIP ‘Lester’
— linda davis (@lindadavismusic) April 25, 2020
A Statler Brothers tribute page tweeted:
Tonight I’m am saddened. I am at a loss for words. My heart is just broken. Country music’s friend #HaroldReid of the #StatlerBrothers has passed. Please be in prayer for his family and brothers. Blessings pic.twitter.com/PbJTQiRkXJ
— STATLER BROS TRIBUTE (@AMERICANPRIDE4U) April 25, 2020
“Tonight I’m am saddened. I am at a loss for words. My heart is just broken. Country music’s friend #HaroldReid of the #StatlerBrothers has passed. Please be in prayer for his family and brothers. Blessings.” The tweet said.