The Class of the Statlers
Okay, I officially have the Statler Brothers on my mind now, so we're going to have a few of them. And this is about as good as it gets as a follow-up.
Famous as "Flowers on the Wall" was, and wonderful as "The Movies" was, I think my favorite of the Statler Brothers "list songs" was probably "Class of '57." Most of the list songs were comic or whimsical. And by all rights, "Class of '57" could have been. They could have taken the easy way out with it, and it would have been justified as an affectionate song of nostalgia. But this song has a wistfulness, insight, and even sadness to it that gives the song a richness that makes it timeless, and a gem.
And what a melody and affectionate performance.
The wardrobe on this video certainly stands out, but I've chosen to use it because has all four of the original Statlers, unlike the previous video, and includes Lew DeWitt playing guitar, before he had to leave the group for health reasons.
If you know the song, I suspect you haven't heard it in a while. And if you don't know it, sit back, you're in for a treat.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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