As I've mentioned I'm here in Chicago while the elves keep the homestead running. The other day, I was flipping channels late at night when I came upon the secondary PBS station for the area. (The main one is WTTW, but this was Lakeshore, which tends to have some interesting concert programming.) And what should I see but they were airing...the Statler Brothers Farewell Concert from 2002! I have no idea why, but go figure. I'm not complaining. I recorded a later re-airing so that I could see the whole thing, and it was terrific. The broadcast is very edited down, since during the Pledge Breaks they were selling a DVD of the full concert. What I thought stood out was how little they made reference to this being their final concert. Almost none of that -- at least what was aired. Not until the very end did they make much of a deal of it, when they said that they thought it appropriate to sing the first song that they'd ever sung together, "Amazing Grace," and then after that a few words of thanks and appreciation -- and then waves and off. Except for one encore, and that was it.
It reminded me that among all the songs I'd posted, I should really have the one that made them famous, the wonderful "Flowers on the Wall." Though not precisely a "list song," it sort of has an element of that, making it a precursor of sorts. I also decided to post the record-version only, not a video of them in concert. In part because this is how they first became known to most people, but also I think that this song has an offbeat, ephemeral quality to it and is almost best-suited to listening, rather than watching.
The song won a Grammy for Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance - Group (Vocal or Instrumental). And this is with the original group, before Lew DeWitt -- who wrote the song -- had to leave for health reasons. That's him below on the right with glasses.