Toby Keith Pays Respect To Statler Brothers’ Harold Reid By Singing “Flowers On The Wall”
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Country music lost one of its greatest vocalists on April 24, 2020. On that date, Harold Reid, the former bass singer and founding member of The Statler Brothers, passed away. He was 80 years old.
Reid was a well-decorated artist in the country music community. Along with The Statler Brothers, he won three Grammy Awards and eight consecutive CMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year. Reid and the Statler Brothers were also inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
In addition to being an esteemed member of the country music community, Reid was also beloved by all who knew him. After he passed away, his fellow artists were understandably devastated.
“The one, the only Harold Reid,” she wrote. “We will never forget you. So many great memories, and I’ll never forget you giving me my very first @cma award. Love always, Reba.”
Other artists, such as Toby Keith, honored Reid with musical tributes. Keith chose to pay respect to Reid’s life and legacy by singing one of The Statler Brothers’ most recognizable songs…”Flowers on the Wall.”
“Flowers on the Wall” was released in 1965 and spent four weeks at the #2 slot on the Hot Country Singles chart. It was also a crossover success, and peaked #4 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
Since “Flowers on the Wall” is such a notable piece of The Statler Brothers’ catalog, it was the perfect song for Keith to sing in tribute to Reid.
Keith delivered his cover from his vacation home in Mexico. He forgot to bring his guitar with him when went there, so he bought a cheap guitar from a local furniture store to sing “Flowers on the Wall” and other tunes.
Before singing, Keith made it clear how much respect he has for Reid. “We lost a good one,” Keith said. “...What a legend. Great guy, great entertainer, and great singer. What a career. Rest in peace Harold.”
Then, Keith moved in to his rendition of “Flowers on the Wall,” which was enjoyable to listen to. We have to give him some serious credit for singing with nothing more than the sound of that old furniture store guitar for support!
Tune in to the clip below to watch Keith honor Reid with his performance. As long as Keith and other artists keep sharing Reid’s songs, his legacy will live on.