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* YouCantGoHome: "You Can't Go Home Again" is about a beloved aunt, uncle and cousin who took in the singer when his mom died - the uncle is now crippled, the aunt is pretty much blind, and the cousin has gone to war, leaving the singer with no way to return to what he knew before.


A [[LongRunner long-running]] CountryMusic Quartet (nearly 50 years!) from Staunton [[note]]pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTropay STAN-ton]][[/note]], Virginia. Former members are: Don Reid (lead vocals), Harold Reid (bass, died April 24, 2020), Phil Balsley (baritone), and Lew [=DeWitt=] (tenor). [=DeWitt=] left in 1983 due to health issues (he died in 1990), with Jimmy Fortune taking his place. The group released "Flowers on the Wall" in 1965, a song that became a huge crossover hit and even netted them a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. From then until the late 1980s, they were a somewhat constant presence on the country charts, scoring even more {{Signature Song}}s along the way, such as "Do You Remember These", "The Class of '57", "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You", "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine", "The Official Historian of Shirley Jean Berrell" and "Elizabeth".

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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CountryMusic Quartet (nearly 50 years!) from Staunton [[note]]pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTropay STAN-ton]][[/note]], Virginia. Former members are: lead vocalist Don Reid (lead vocals), (June 5, 1945-), bass vocalist Harold Reid (bass, died April (August 21, 1939-April 24, 2020), baritone Phil Balsley (baritone), (August 8, 1939-), and tenor Lew [=DeWitt=] (tenor). (March 8, 1938-August 15, 1990). [=DeWitt=] left in 1983 due to health issues (he died in 1990), with and was replaced by Jimmy Fortune taking his place.(March 11, 1955-). The group released "Flowers on the Wall" in 1965, a song that became a huge crossover hit and even netted them a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. From then until the late 1980s, they were a somewhat constant presence on the country charts, scoring even more {{Signature Song}}s along the way, such as "Do You Remember These", "The Class of '57", "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You", "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine", "The Official Historian of Shirley Jean Berrell" and "Elizabeth".



The Statler Brothers continued to tour until 2002.



* BandOfRelatives: [[SubvertedTrope Despite the name, they weren't all brothers]]--[[DoubleSubversion but two, Don and Harold Reid, were.]]. No one in the group had the last name Statler, though.

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* BandOfRelatives: [[SubvertedTrope Despite the name, Double-subverted in that while they weren't all brothers]]--[[DoubleSubversion but two, ''all'' brothers, Don and Harold Reid, were.]]. No Reid were. However, no one in the group had the last name Statler, though.Statler.



* IncrediblyLongNote: At the end of "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord," DeWitt or Fortune would blast out the word "high" on an A4 note for as long as possible before the entire group would conclude on "...and dry!"

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* IncrediblyLongNote: At the end of "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord," DeWitt [=DeWitt=] or Fortune would blast out the word "high" on an A4 note for as long as possible before the entire group would conclude on "...and dry!"



* LongRunnerLineUp: Two of them, actually. The group was Don and Harold Reid, Phil Balsley and Lew [=DeWitt=] from 1960 to 1982 (22 years), when [=DeWitt=] had to quit because of Crohn's Disease ([=DeWitt=] eventually died of it in 1990), then the Reids, Balsley, and Jimmy Fortune from Fortune replacing [=DeWitt=] in 1982 to 2004 when the band called it a day (22 years).

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Two of them, actually. The group was Don and Harold Reid, Phil Balsley Balsley, and Lew [=DeWitt=] from 1960 to 1982 (22 years), when [=DeWitt=] had to quit because of Crohn's Disease ([=DeWitt=] eventually died of it in 1990), then the Reids, Balsley, and Jimmy Fortune from Fortune replacing [=DeWitt=] in 1982 to 2004 when the band called it a day (22 years).



* ObsessionSong: "The Official Historian of Shirley Jean Berrell" comes across as this, given the near-exhaustive knowledge the narrator has of the girl in question. Subverted in the final verse when he has to admit that "The only thing that I don't know is where she is right now."

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* ObsessionSong: "The Official Historian of on Shirley Jean Berrell" comes across as this, given the near-exhaustive knowledge the narrator has of the girl in question. Subverted in the final verse when he has to admit that "The only thing that I don't know is where she is right now."


* CoordinatedClothes: The group routinely wore matching suits through the 1970s and 1980s. TakenToEleven during a TV appearance with Barbara Mandrell where the guys wore coordinated ''dresses.''

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* CoordinatedClothes: The group routinely wore matching suits through the 1970s and 1980s. TakenToEleven Taken UpToEleven during a TV appearance with Barbara Mandrell where the guys wore coordinated ''dresses.''

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* CoordinatedClothes: The group routinely wore matching suits through the 1970s and 1980s. TakenToEleven during a TV appearance with Barbara Mandrell where the guys wore coordinated ''dresses.''

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* ParentalSubstitute: Uncle Roy and Aunt Kathleen step in after the death of a parent in "You Can't Go Home."

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* YouCantGoHome: "You Can't Go Home Again" is about a beloved aunt, uncle and cousin who took in the singer when his mom died - the uncle is now crippled, the aunt is pretty much blind, and the cousin has gone to war, leaving the singer with no way to return to what he knew before.


* OldFlameFizzle: Treated humorously in "Atlanta Blue" where the singer never got over his old love, but doesn't want her to come back because the memories always seem better than the reality.

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* OldFlameFizzle: Treated humorously with subtle humor in "Atlanta Blue" where the singer never got over his old love, but doesn't want her to come back because the memories always seem better than the reality.

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* IncrediblyLongNote: At the end of "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord," DeWitt or Fortune would blast out the word "high" on an A4 note for as long as possible before the entire group would conclude on "...and dry!"

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* OldFlameFizzle: Treated humorously in "Atlanta Blue" where the singer never got over his old love, but doesn't want her to come back because the memories always seem better than the reality.


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* TheOneThatGotAway: The lead singer finds an old sweetheart has married someone else in both "Maple Street Memories" and "I Saw Your Picture in the Paper Sunday Morning." In both cases, the lead has by now found a SecondLove of his own and can move on from the memories.

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* LineOfSightName: The group was named for a box of Statler tissues in their hotel room.


A [[LongRunner long-running]] CountryMusic Quartet (nearly 50 years!) from Staunton [[note]]pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTropay STAN-ton]][[/note]], Virginia. Former members are: Don Reid (lead vocals), Harold Reid (bass), Phil Balsley (baritone), and Lew [=DeWitt=] (tenor). [=DeWitt=] left in 1983 due to health issues, with Jimmy Fortune taking his place. The group released "Flowers on the Wall" in 1965, a song that became a huge crossover hit and even netted them a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. From then until the late 1980s, they were a somewhat constant presence on the country charts, scoring even more {{Signature Song}}s along the way, such as "Do You Remember These", "The Class of '57", "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You", "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine", "The Official Historian of Shirley Jean Berrell" and "Elizabeth".

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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CountryMusic Quartet (nearly 50 years!) from Staunton [[note]]pronounced [[ItIsPronouncedTropay STAN-ton]][[/note]], Virginia. Former members are: Don Reid (lead vocals), Harold Reid (bass), (bass, died April 24, 2020), Phil Balsley (baritone), and Lew [=DeWitt=] (tenor). [=DeWitt=] left in 1983 due to health issues, issues (he died in 1990), with Jimmy Fortune taking his place. The group released "Flowers on the Wall" in 1965, a song that became a huge crossover hit and even netted them a UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. From then until the late 1980s, they were a somewhat constant presence on the country charts, scoring even more {{Signature Song}}s along the way, such as "Do You Remember These", "The Class of '57", "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You", "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine", "The Official Historian of Shirley Jean Berrell" and "Elizabeth".

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* CoolShades: Lew [=DeWitt=] wore these starting in the early 1970s ... taking them off only for the Lester "Roadhog" Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys comedy skits.


* {{Pun}}: "We Got Paid by Cash," a look back at the days when the Statlers opened for Music/JohnnyCash.

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"We Got Paid by Cash," a look back at the days when the Statlers opened for Music/JohnnyCash.Music/JohnnyCash.
** Two of their bigger early hits were "Ruthless" (about a guy whose lover named Ruth walked out on him) and "You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith Too" (about how Kate's boyfriend is trying to get with the singer's girlfriend Edith).


Due to the typical makeup of vocal groups (two tenors, a baritone, and a bass), their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheOakRidgeBoys. Musically, however, the Statlers always maintained a strong connection to gospel music, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the Statlers typically all wore three-piece suits while the Oak Ridge Boys favored their regular clothes.

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Due to the typical makeup of vocal groups (two tenors, a (tenor, lead, baritone, and a bass), their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheOakRidgeBoys. Musically, however, the Statlers always maintained a strong connection to gospel music, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the Statlers typically all wore three-piece suits while the Oak Ridge Boys favored their regular clothes.

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* WeddingBellsForSomeoneElse: "I Was There" seems to set up a childhood romance that's heading to the altar until the singer mentions that he took his place at the wedding ... with the friends of the bride. Later subverted when the marriage breaks up and the singer takes her in.

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