Country Music Community Mourns Loss of Statler Brothers Singer Harold Reid

Statler Brothers baritone Harold Reid died on Friday at 80 years old.

Reid struggled with a battle with kidney failure and died in his Staunton, Virginia home, according to his bandmate Jimmy Fortune as reported by Rolling Stone.

Reid was a founding member of the Statler Brothers, who often performed with country icon Johnny Cash. The quartet immortalized their time collaborating with the country great in their 1980 song "We Got Paid by Cash."

The Statler Brothers are best known for their 1965 crossover hit "Flowers on the Wall," but had a steady stream of classic singles such as "Hello Mary Lou" and "The Class of '57."

The group was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Reid was also the comedian of the group, bringing joy not only with his booming voice but his hilarious onstage antics.

Reid was mourned by many people across the country music world. His Statler Brothers bandmate Fortune wrote about Reid's passing.

"Our hearts are broken tonight. My brother Harold Reid passed away at home with his family. Our prayers and our thoughts are with Brenda and his children and grandchildren and with my other brothers, Don and Phil," he said in a Facebook post. "We made a lot of great memories together. I'll miss you, brother, till I see you again."

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Statler Brothers bass Harold Reid (left) passed away on Friday. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Country Music Association both honored the late singer on Twitter. "He helped steer [the Statler Brothers] to stupendous successes, and his stirring bass was the underpinning of dozens of classics," Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young wrote.

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

— Country Music HOF (@countrymusichof) April 25, 2020

We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Harold Reid, who sang bass in the Country Music band The Statler Brothers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) April 25, 2020

Singer T.G. Sheppard wrote about touring with the Statler Brothers as some of his fondest memories.

Another one of our greats Harold Reid of The Statler Brothers has left for home. Some of my fondest memories was being on tour with him back in the day.
R.I.P. my friend.

— TG Sheppard (@TGSheppardmusic) April 25, 2020

Country group the Oak Ridge Boys celebrated Reid and the Statlers with their tweet.

Beings Harold Reid and The Statlers were such men of humor... we give you some Lester Moran and his Cadillac Cowboys ... #HaroldReid #StatlerBrothers #RIPHaroldReid

— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 25, 2020

Oak Ridge Boys member Joe Bonsall also remembered early comparisons between his group and the Statlers, despite a radio DJ asking: "Who needs the Oaks? We have the Statlers."

Both @DUANEALLEN and brother Jimmy Fortune called last night to tell me of Harold Reid’s passing In our early country days radio exclaimed WHO NEEDS THE OAKS We have The Statlers Well we conquered that one but The Statlers have always been dear friends & heroes RIP #HaroldReid

— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) April 25, 2020

Journalist and Sex, Lies, and Headlocks author Mike Mooneyham wrote about the Statler Brothers being one of his earliest backstage interviews. He tweeted that they were all kind, and Reid was hilarious and "a real character," as well as "the heart and soul" of the group.

In memory of Harold Reid, the heart and soul of The Statler Brothers, who passed away at 80. Singer, songwriter, comedian ... A real character, Harold did it all. One of my early backstage interviews in the '70s, The Statlers were four of the nicest folks, and Harold was a hoot.

— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) April 25, 2020

Singer David Britt wrote about fond memories he had singing Statler Brothers songs when he was a child with this family. Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg also wrote that the Statler Brothers were a favorite of hers.

So many memories from my childhood singing songs from The #StatlerBrothers with my family. So sad to hear of the passing of #HaroldReid God definitely gained an angel. ❤️🙏

— David Britt (@davidbritt) April 25, 2020

Aw man. RIP Harold Reid. I love the Statler Brothers and you were my favorite. The old road hog shall ride with the angels. 💙

— Matraca Berg (@matracaberg) April 25, 2020