The Statler Brothers
A long-running Country Music Quartet (nearly 50 years!) from Staunton, Virginia. Former members are: Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Lew DeWitt, and Jimmy Fortune. Yep, there were five of them; Fortune replacing the ailing Lew DeWitt. The group released "Flowers on the Wall" in 1965, a song that became a huge crossover hit and even netted them a Grammy. From then until the late 1980s, they were a constant presence on the country charts, scoring even more Signature Songs 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 on Shirley Jean Berrell" and "Elizabeth".
The Statler Brothers provides examples of the following tropes:
- Band of Relatives: Don and Harold Reid are brothers.
- Long Runner Lineup, twice:
- Type 1: Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley and Lew DeWitt from 1955 to 1982 (27 years), when DeWitt had to quit because of Crohn's Disease.
- Type 2: Don Reid, Harold Reid, Phil Balsley and Jimmy Fortune from Fortune replacing DeWitt 1982 to 2004 when the band called it a day (22 years).
- Knock-Knock Joke: They somehow work one into "Do You Remember These".
- Non-Indicative Name: Only two (Don and Harold Reid) were brothers, and none were named Statler. The band named itself after a brand of tissue. (The members used to joke that they could have easily become the Kleenex Brothers instead.)
- This Bed of Roses: Their song Bed of Rose's is the Trope Namer.
- Signature Song: "Flowers on the Wall", most definitely. Plenty more are listed above.
- Stylistic Suck: They did an album as "Lester 'Roadhog' Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys", a deliberately bad country group.