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The Music of the Statler Brothers: An Anthology by Don Reid

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Take this title literally. Don Reid wrote the story of the Statler Brothers Quartet, entitled Statler Brothers, Random Memories, in 2008. This is the story – by their chief song-writer and lead singer – of the music of this Staunton, Virginia quartet. It just goes meticulously and chronologically down the list of every single one of their songs! It goes song by song, beginning with Flowers on the Wall, 1966, all the way to Farewell Concert, 2003, and gives some commentary on the origins of the songs, who wrote them, often when and where – for example on the back of their touring bus. This book is very revealing and often funny, always enjoyable. “Congratulations to Don Reid, his work ethic, and his amazing memory for recalling the minutia and putting this collection together in such immaculate fashion. Actually, I'm jealous, because he and I are about the same age, and I can't remember what I ate for breakfast."--Bill Anderson. "I grew up listening to and loving The Statler Brothers, the Gospel/Country vocal group that dominated the charts for a career that spanned 40 years, 45 albums, over 250 published songs, and a list of awards longer than the funnel cake line at the county fair in my hometown. Don Reid was more than lead vocalist for The Statler Brothers--he remains one of the most creative and nostalgic storytellers in show business. The songs of The Statler Brothers evoke memories, smiles, and even tears, but in this true treasure of stories behind the songs, Don reveals where the songs came from, what they mean, and how they were recorded.” – Mike Huckabee.

Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2020. 448 pages with an Index and photos. Hardback in dust jacket