Don Reid (singer)

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Donald Sidney "Don" Reid (born 1945 in Staunton, Virginia) is the retired lead singer and main songwriter of the American country music vocal group, The Statler Brothers.[1] He wrote or co-wrote 40 of the Statler Brothers' 66 songs that made the Billboard country chart, including the No. 1 hit "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine."

In the early 1960s, Reid replaced Joe McDorman at lead vocals in a quartet that was changing its name from the Four Star Quartet to the Kingsmen. They would go on to become the Statler Brothers. McDorman had formed the group in 1955 with Lew DeWitt and Don's older brother Harold Reid while the three were teenagers.

Since the Statler Brothers' retirement in 2002, Reid has pursued a second career as an author, with seven books to his credit: Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, You'll Know It's Christmas When..., O Little Town, The Statler Brothers: Random Memories, which was co-authored with his brother, Harold Reid, One-Lane Bridge and The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson. He, along with fellow ex-Statlers Harold Reid and Phil Balsley, are elders in their local Presbyterian church.


  1. ^ "The Statlers: Out of fashion and loving it". The Vindicator. January 8, 1994. p. B8. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 

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