Harold Reid, the bass singer in the long-running country vocal quartet the Statler Brothers, died Friday night at age 80. A post on the group’s website said that Reid “had bravely endured a long battle with kidney failure.”
The group had retired in 2002 after being together in various configurations since 1955. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Although their run of country top 10 hits extended from the mid-’60s into the late ’80s, the Statler Brothers remain perhaps best-remembered for their country-pop crossover hit “Flowers on the Wall,” and for a years-long association with Johnny Cash that included a stint on his network television show in the late ’60s.