The Statler Brothers performs "How To Be A Country Star"

The Statler Brothers performs "How To Be A Country Star",Live on That Nashville Music

"How to Be a Country Star" is a song recorded by American country music group The Statler Brothers written by group members Harold Reid and Don Reid. The song – a humorous, tongue-in-cheek advice song that names many of the top country music recording artists of the time, along with a number of classic country artists – was released in March 1979 as the first single from the album The Originals. The song eventually climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that May, and also No. 18 on the Canadian RPM country singles chart

The Statler Brothers How To Be A Country Star lyrics

There's questions we're always hearing every where we go

Like how do I cut a record or get on a country show

Well, it takes more than just ambition and three chords on an old guitar

There's a few more things you ought to learn to be a country star


You got to learn to sing like Waylon or pick like Jerry Reed

Yodel like Jeannie Shepard, write songs like Tom T

Put a cry in your voice like Haggard, learn Spanish like Johnny R

Whisper like Bill Anderson and you'll be a country star


Play piano like Ronnie Mil sap or Gilly or Jerry Lee

Yo-yo like Roy Acuff or talk plain like Ralph Emery

Growl like Conway Twitty, get a red, white and blue guitar

Build a swimming pool like Webb did and you'll be a country star


Be tall like Sonny James is, tell jokes like Minnie Pearl

Or be short like Jimmy Dickens or play five-string like Earl

Get a hip band like Willie, learn to stutter like M-Mel

Get a cap like Roy Clark wore or a voice like Barbara Mandrel


Be rich like Eddy Arnold, say you're makin' more than you are

Get a gimmick like Charley Pride got and you'll be a country star


But if you have no talent and you're not a male

If you're built somewhat like Dolly or have a face like Crystal Gayle

Come back stage and ask for Harold, Phil, Don or Lou

And we'll see you get auditioned for the Statler Brothers Review

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