Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Statler Brothers’ ‘Elizabeth’ Was Inspired by the Late Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away last week at age 79 after battling congestive heart failure, will always be remembered in a 1983 Statler Brothers ‘Elizabeth’. 

The Statler Brothers’ Jimmy Fortune admits that they are actually the ones who started the story. “We were in Tuscon, Arizona. Elizabeth Taylor was shooting a movie out there and got wind that we were there. She had heard the song, learned we were nearby, and called our management to see if we could meet.”

“We went to the site where they were filming her movie, she came on our bus, and I sat there and sang ‘Elizabeth’ as she sat across the table, and looked into those beautiful blue eyes,” he continues. ” I tell you she has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen! Harold [Reid] was looking at her too, and this is how that story got started: He looked at her and said, ‘We wrote that song for you!’”

‘Elizabeth’ was a #1 song for the group.  The Statler Brothers won nine CMA Awards for Vocal Group of the Year between 1972 and 1984. In 2008, they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Fortune continues to tour and record as the only active member of the retired group.

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