The Statesmen were a group for a very long time, beginning in 1948 and ending sometime in the early 2000s. Over the years, there were several personnel changes. The group that David and I like the very best included Denver Crumpler (tenor), Jake Hess (lead), Doy Ott (baritone), Jim "Big Chief" Wetherington (bass), and Hovie Lister (piano). They were considered the perfect quartet and I believe it!
The video that follows has two of our core group missing - Denver Crumpler and Jake Hess. In their stead are Sherril Nielsen as tenor and Jim Hill as lead. They aren't Denver and Jake, but they do a fine job of it, I think. Doy, Chief, and Hovie are as great as ever.