Harold Reid, Bass Vocalist In The Statler Brothers, Dies Aged 80

Harold Reid The Statler Brothers CMA Awards

Harold Reid, the bass vocalist in the legendary country music group The Statler Brothers and Country Music Hall of Fame member has died at the age of 80 in his hometown of Staunton, Virginia, his nephew Debo Reid confirmed.

After fighting a long battle with kidney failure, Reid died on Friday, 25 April.

The Statler Brothers frequently sang backup for country great Johnny Cash but also had chart-toppers of their own including 1965’s ‘Flowers on the Wall’ and 1970′s ‘Bed of Rose’s’.

Reid’s longtime bandmate Jimmy Fortune also confirmed his friends passing and shared a message on Facebook that read in part, “Our hearts are broken tonight. Our prayers and our thoughts are with [Reid’s wife] Brenda and his children and grandchildren and with my other brothers, Don and Phil. We made a lot of great memories together. I’ll miss you, brother, till I see you again.”

“Harold and the Statler Brothers were a staple on many of the great CMA Awards shows throughout the 1970s,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “When I passed Harold backstage at TNN during a taping for their long-running television show, he always had a hello and a bright smile. When I heard of his passing on Friday, I immediately thought of his legendary bass vocals on so many era-defining Country and gospel classics.”

The Statlers built a career that spanned almost half a century, pulling in influences from country, pop and gospel, all delivered with their stunning harmonies.

The Statler Brothers started in the early 60s, with founding members Reid, Phil Balsley, Lew DeWitt and Harold’s brother Don Reid. Harold Reid, DeWitt, Balsley and Joe McDorman had worked in a Staunton, VA, high school group called the Four Star Quartet, making their first appearance in 1955.

By 1961, Reid had organised the group as the Kingsmen, with his younger brother, Don, who replaced McDorman. They eventually changed their name to the Statler Brothers (after Statler Tissues), to avoid confusion with a popular North Carolina-based gospel group the Kingsmen,

Then in 1964, the quarter experienced a career-changing moment when they joined Johnny Cash’s roadshow. They would remain with Cash for more than eight years and were part of the house band on Cash’s ABC network television show from 1969 to 1971.

Cash insisted his label Colombia add the Statlers to their roster, leading to the group’s first Columbia session in April 1964. In March 1965 they cut DeWitt’s composition ‘Flowers on the Wall’, securing a No. 2 spot on the country charts that crossed over to No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, eventually winning them a 1965 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance, Group (Vocal or Instrumental), and Best New Country & Western Artist.

But it wasn’t until the Statlers signed to Mercury Records in 1969 that they truly hit their stride. The group’s first Mercury single, ‘Bed of Rose’s’, became a top 10 country hit, followed by 11 more top 10 records throughout the 70s, many of them penned by the Reid brothers.

These included ‘Do You Remember These’, ‘The Class of ’57’, ‘I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You’ and the group’s first chart-topping hit, 1978’s ‘Do You Know You Are My Sunshine’.

They secured another Grammy for ‘The Class of ’57’ and won CMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year six years running (1972–77) and again in 1979, 1980 and 1984, totalling nine CMA Awards wins. From 1965 through 1989, the Statlers reached the Billboard Top Ten with 32 hits, four of which went No.1

The group then underwent a line-up change in 1982, after Dewitt had to leave to the group due to complications with Crohn’s disease (which he succumbed to in 1990). Jimmy Fortune joined the group and the Statler Brothers continued to tour and in 1991 began a regular Saturday night 50s-inspired variety show on The Nashville Network, which ran through 1997.

After 38 years on the road, the Statler Brothers retired in 2002 and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Professor of Money Heist reacts as Ikorodu Bois recreate season 4 trailer (video)

Talented Nigerian kids, Ikorodu Bois, who are famous for recreating viral videos have caught the attention of Spanish movie star Alvaro Morte, who played the lead actor in Netflix original, Money Heist.

The talented young stars had caught the attention of members of the internet community after they made a version of the official trailer for the fourth season of the highly acclaimed series.

Moments after sharing the video on Twitter, it garnered 1.7 million views and over 150k engagements on the micro blogging platform.

Similarly, the video racked over 100k engagements on photo sharing app, Instagram.

Watch the video below:

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Among those who were taken by the creativity of the young boys is the actor who played the role of Professor in the movie. Reacting to the video on Twitter, the actor congratulated the youngsters for putting up an amazing job.

He said: “What an amazing job!!! Congrats!! Thanks a lot for this.You all are the very best!!”

See his post below:

What an amazing job!!! Congrats!! Thanks a lot for this ❤️ You all are the very best!! https://t.co/pqnPDge6gN

Video Courtesy: Scoopy Vibes

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AMC Theaters Says It Won’t Consider Reopening Until Summer Despite Select States Ending Stay-At-Home Orders – The Shade Room

Roommates, as some states move forward with plans to lower stay-at-home orders—that doesn’t mean that you can resume all of your pre-coronavirus activities…specifically going to the movies. AMC Theaters just announced that despite stay-at-home orders ending in select locations, the company will not be reopening theaters until the summer.

As reported by @HuffPost, AMC Theaters, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, is holding off on reopening until at least the summer—despite the fact that certain states are reopening following the coronavirus outbreak.

In a recent statement released, AMC explained its decision this way:

“As we plan our reopening, the health and safety of our guests and associates is our absolute highest priority. To be able to open, we also need a line of sight into a regular schedule of new theatrical blockbusters that get people truly excited about returning to their favorite movie theaters.”

AMC also said it expects that moviegoers could return “in the weeks ahead of new blockbusters” and in the meantime, the company is figuring out how to properly and safely do so “in an environment that’s safe and welcoming.” Coronavirus has made the idea of public events and large gatherings very tricky to navigate and ultimately unlikely for the foreseeable future.

You’ll recall that Hollywood studios and distributors have postponed nearly all of the movies that had been slated for release in the spring and early summer due to COVID-19. Additionally, even more studios decided to make some new releases available via Video On Demand or on streaming services—completely cutting out the traditional movie theater experience.

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Watch Miley Cyrus Sing Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ on ‘SNL’ – Variety

Miley Cyrus was the surprise musical guest for the April 25 “At Home” edition of “Saturday Night Live.” The singer performed a cover of Pink Floyd’s classic “Wish You Were Here” while seated fireside and accompanied by Andrew Watt, a noted guitarist, songwriter and all-around hitmaker, who recently recovered from coronavirus and spoke of the frightening experience on social media. The musician now carries antibodies which may have some impact on reacquiring the virus and is donating his blood to further research the makeup of COVID-19.

Cyrus’ raspy take on the iconic song was just what the doctor ordered, so to speak, as she stayed true to the simplicity of the 1975 original but injected it with a somber sense of urgency. No embellishments needed.

Watt also didn’t stray from one of the most recognized melodies in the history of music, but rather translated it to a 12-string acoustic guitar. Having recently collaborated with a diverse array of artists — Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, 5 Seconds of Summer, Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa, among them — Watt’s next project is executive-producing Cyrus’ forthcoming, yet-to-be-scheduled album.

Watch the performance below.

“SNL” opened its second-ever “At Home” edition with Brad Pitt portraying Dr. Anthony Fauci in a sobering address about coronavirus, but rather than reaching for jokes, the show used its platform to deliver real information about the state of the pandemic.

At the end of the sketch, Pitt pulled off his Fauci wig and thanked the real Dr. Fauci for his “calm and clarity during this unnerving time.” He also thanked the medical workers, first responders and their respective families.

Video courtesy: SNL

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WATCH: This is What Filming ‘Extraction’ in India was Like – When In Manila

WATCH: This is What Filming ‘Extraction’ in India was Like

Have you watched Chris Hemsworth‘s new action-packed movie ‘Extraction’ on Netflix yet?

In ‘Extraction’, Chris takes on the role of Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. In the murky underworld of weapons dealers and drug traffickers, however, an already deadly mission approaches the impossible, forever altering the lives of Rake and the boy.

This edge-of-your-seat thriller is directed by Sam Hargrave, and produced by Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Mike Larocca, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Gitter, and Peter Schwerin.

Here is a featurette about shooting the film in India you might want to check out:

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Video courtesy: Sam Hargrave

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