Country #2 (4 Weeks), Pop #4, UK #38
I grew up listening and loving gospel quartets so it was natural that as soon as I heard “Flowers On the Wall,” on my trusty bright orange AM Radio, that I fell in love with it. The Statler Brothers , formerly “The Four Star Quartet” of Staunton, Virginia, took their gospel harmonies to Country Music and had a Grammy Award winning hit the first time out!
“Flowers” won the Grammy for 1965 Best Contemporary (Rock and Roll) Performance Group (Vocal or Instrumental). That same year the group received the Grammy Award for 1965 Best New Country & Western Artist.
Group member Lew DeWitt composed the catchy tune “Flowers on the Wall.” The other quartet members were brothers Harold and Don Reid, and Phil Balsley.
The Group was discovered and brought to Columbia Records by Johnny Cash. They continued as an active unit until they disbanded in 2002 – quite an eventful and successful run — winning many American Music Awards, Country Music Awards and others in addition to their two Grammys.
After disbanding the group won induction in both the Gospel Hall of Fame (2007)and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (2008)
You can see what the gents are up to now at their Official Web Site.