March 26

“Flowers on the Wall:” The Beginning of the Statler Brothers’ Fame

Since the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum honored the Statler Brothers, we also share this moment by honoring them too. The best way to pay tribute to them is to feature one of their greatest songs of all time “Flowers on the Wall.”

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Photo Credit: The Statler Brothers/ Official Website

The Beginning of Fame, “Flowers on the Wall”

The band was only beginning to release singles from their album. In addition, they were also beginning in their career. They have already released two singles before they scored their first song on the chart. In 1965, everything changed.

When they released “Flowers on the Wall” the band finally scored a song on the chart. It placed at number two on the Billboard country chart. “Flowers on the Wall” was penned by Lew DeWitt, a member of the band.

Grammy Award

Aside from securing a spot on the top ten of the country chart, the Statler Brothers also won their first Grammy Award because of this song. In 1966, they brought home the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance.

After which, “Flowers on the Wall” became their signature song. Anyone who hears it will immediately know that it’s a song by the Statler Brothers.

The Story of the Song

“Flowers on the Wall” is a story of a man trying to get through his break up. He assures his ex-lover that he is doing well. He doesn’t need any pity from her or her friends because as he said, he’s doing fine. However, as you can see, he isn’t happy at all.

Countin’ flowers on the wall
That don’t bother me at all
Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

Honoring the Statler Brothers

The members of the Statler Brothers were honored in their birthplace, Staunton, Virginia on March 22. The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum named the exhibit “Sons of Staunton: The Statler Brothers.” When you visit the museum, you’ll expect to see costumes, instruments, props, and more that were used by the Statler Brothers all throughout their career. The families of the group members also helped in making this exhibit possible, according to Andrew Phillips, the museum’s curator.

The exhibit of the Country Hall of Fame group runs from March to October this year.


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