Statler Brothers - Touching confluence

Officially the four 'brothers' Statler (none of them is called Statler and only two of the four are brothers) are known as a country group, but the quartet from Staunton, Virginia was also particularly adept at gospel music. They started as The Four Stars and later performed as The Kingsmen.

How did Statler Brothers get the band name - Facial tissue usage graphWhen the song Louie Louie, by a completely different band that was also called The Kingsmen, became a big hit, the crowd the 'fake Kingsmen' attracted asked for Louie Louie so often that the four wearily practised the song and actually played it. With the name change they left that problem behind.

We owe the fact that the group renamed itself The Statler Brothers to the band getting hold of a box of Statler Facial Tissues at one point - allegedly it happened in the Statler Hotel in Boston - and drawing inspiration from this touching confluence of events.

See also: Kingsmen

Active: 1955-2002, USA

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