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The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires
were an American vocal quartet that formed as a gospel group in 1948. They are known for providing background vocals for Elvis
Presley, in live appearances and recordings from 1956 to 1972. The group has also worked in the recording studio, on stage, and on television with many other country and rock and roll artists.


1 Group history

1.1 Early years 1.2 With Elvis
Presley 1.3 After Elvis

2 Guest appearances 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Group history[edit] Early years[edit] The history of the Jordanaires can be traced back to the early 1940s, and the original Foggy River Boys, which were made up of the Matthews brothers, all ordained ministers: Bill (b. LaFollette, Tennessee, 1923), Monty (b. Pulaski, Kentucky, 1927), Jack, and Matt.[citation needed] In 1948, Matt and Jack left to become full-time preachers and were replaced by Bob Hubbard (b. Chaffee, Missouri, 1928), also a minister, and bass singer Culley Holt (b. McAlester, Oklahoma, 1925), and pianist Bob Money. After three years Money was replaced as pianist by Gordon Stoker.[citation needed] At that time, they formed the new group as the Melodizing Matthews, in Springfield, Missouri, but soon changed the name to the Jordanaires, after Jordan Creek in Missouri.[citation needed] This starting lineup lasted until 1949; at that time, Bob Hubbard was drafted and was replaced by Hoyt Hawkins.[citation needed] Later that year, Monty and Bill Matthews left. Hawkins switched to baritone, and new lead Neal Matthews was recruited. Don Bruce came in as a new first tenor; however, he was drafted the next year. The group narrowed to a quartet, with Stoker taking over as first tenor. They became members of the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
in 1949.[1][2] They recorded for Capitol Records in the early 1950s, and began providing vocal accompaniment behind solo singers in Nashville, Tennessee.[2] The lineup changed again in 1954, with Culley Holt leaving and new bass Hugh Jarrett coming in.[citation needed] The quartet became well known in the southern gospel realm, and what made them stand out from other quartets of that time was how they would bring spirituals (such as "Dry Bones") to a predominantly white audience. While continuing to turn out gospel albums of their own, the group become better known for the signature background harmonies they have provided on dozens of secular records.[3] Jarrett remained until 1958; at that time, he was replaced by Ray Walker.[citation needed] With Elvis
Presley[edit] October 3 1954 a teenage Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
made the drive from Memphis to Nashville
to make his one and only performance on the Grand Ole Opry. Debuting his high-energy brand of rockabilly with Blue Moon of Kentucky it was his first live performance on national radio broadcast. He had just recorded his first record at Sun studios, That's All Right
That's All Right
just a few weeks prior. An afternoon in 1955, the Jordanaires played a show in Memphis with Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
to publicize their new syndicated TV series, Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
Time (for the program the group used the name Gordonaires). They sang "Peace in the Valley", and when the show was over, Elvis
Presley, an emerging singer, talked with them and said, "If I ever get a recording contract with a major company, I want you guys to back me up."[4] He was on Sun Records
Sun Records
at that time. On January 10, 1956, Presley recorded his first session for RCA with guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and drummer D. J. Fontana. "I Got a Woman", "Heartbreak Hotel", and "Money Honey" were recorded. Presley asked his new label RCA Victor if the Jordanaires could appear on the recordings. The next day Gordon Stoker was called by Chet Atkins to do a session with a new young singer named Elvis. RCA had also just signed the Speer Family. Atkins asked Stoker to sing with Ben and Brock Speer so he could use them. The recording session for "I'm Counting on You" and "I Was the One" was the first session Presley did with vocal background. By April 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel" was No. 1. After having done several more recording sessions in New York with Moore, Black, and Fontana, Presley flew to Nashville
on April 14, 1956, to record "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You". Stoker was called again, to sing a vocal trio with Ben and Brock Speer. After the session, Presley took Stoker aside and told him (not knowing, at the time, why all the Jordanaires were not there) that he had wanted the Jordanaires. This time, Stoker saw to it—and Presley used the quartet on nearly every one of his recording sessions for the next 14 years. The quartet also appeared in some of Presley's movies, and on many of his television appearances. As Presley was about to start performing at the Hilton in Las Vegas, the Colonel's office called for the Jordanaires to work with Presley in the shows. They had 35 recording sessions already booked for the dates he needed, so they could not go. They got in touch with the Imperials, who had done the background vocals for Presley's album How Great Thou Art along with them, and the Imperials took the place of the Jordanaires. After Elvis[edit] The lineup consisting of Gordon Stoker, first tenor and manager, Neal Matthews, second tenor and lead, Hoyt Hawkins, baritone, and Ray Walker, bass, would be the group's most stable lineup, lasting throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In January 1978 the group performed a medley of Presley's songs on the NBC
TV special Nashville
Remembers Elvis
on His Birthday.[citation needed] The group changed again in 1982, when Hoyt Hawkins died. His replacement was Duane West, formerly of Sonny James' backup group, the Southern Gentlemen. In 1990, the group provided backing vocals for Presley's former Sun Records
Sun Records
labelmate Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
on his Mercury Records album Boom Chicka Boom. The group has also cooperated with Vikingarna.[5] The lineup remained constant for the rest of the decade, with West leaving due to an illness in 1999 and his death in 2002. His replacement was Louis Nunley, formerly of the Anita Kerr Singers.[citation needed] Neal Matthews died on April 21, 2000. He was replaced by new lead Curtis Young.[citation needed] Hugh Jarrett died at 78 on May 31, 2008, from injuries sustained in an auto accident in March.[6] Gordon Stoker died at 88 at his Brentwood, Tennessee, home on March 27, 2013, after a long illness. His son Alan confirmed that the Jordanaires were formally dissolved, per his father's wishes.[7] Guest appearances[edit] The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires
performed with many modern recording artists as well as recent sessions with country music legends.

1957: Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool", "Lonesome Town", "It's Late", and other hit recordings 1959: Several tracks on Johnny Cash's albums The Fabulous Johnny Cash and Songs of our Soil, the 1978 album I Would Like to See You Again and others 1964: Cliff Richard's 1965 singles "The Minute You're Gone", "Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)", "On My Word" and a few other album and EP tracks[8] 1970: Ringo Starr's second solo album, Beaucoups of Blues 1973: Bobby Bare's hit single "Ride Me Down Easy" 1980: Don McLean's album Chain Lightning 1981: Don McLean's album Believers 1981: On several tracks for Gene Summers' LP Gene Summers in Nashville 1984: Dolly Parton's song "Save The Last Dance For Me" on the album The Great Pretender 1985: Four songs by The Blasters' from their album Hard Line including "Samson and Delilah" [9] 1988: Appeared in Sawyer Brown's music video "My Baby's Gone" 1993: "Bigger Than Elvis" on Chicago's album titled Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus, recorded in 1993 and published in 2008[10] 1996: Ween's album 12 Golden Country Greats 1997: On "Who'll Be The One If Not Me" for the off-Broadway musical Violet 1998: On "You better move on" and "Tomorrow night" Sugar Ray Norcia's album titled "Sweet & Swingin'" 1999: began their collaborative work with Art Greenhaw, which resulted in a Grammy Award for the album We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music (2003) and six Grammy nominations for Best Album of the Year in a gospel category for other album titles, including The Great Gospel Hit Parade (2001), God Is Love (2002), Always Hear The Harmony (2004), 20th Century Gospel (2005) and Southern Meets Soul (2006)[11] 2002: Sang with The Tractors' Steve Ripley 2006: The Grascals
The Grascals
album Long List of Heartaches, on the song "Did You Forget God Today?" 2006–07: Friends of Henry Golis Wish You A Merry Christmas with the Jordanaires, and Henry Golis Presents Good Music With Friends featuring the Jordanaires 2007: appeared with the Christian pop band C.B.O.P. on the songs "Between You & Me" and "Live Like A King" on the album A Road Less Traveled 2007: "Save Your Dreams" by Americana artist Shark (Wild Colonials) 2009: Today, Tomorrow & Forever EP by Pete Molinari 2010: Last Night In Nashville
album by The Kingmakers 2011: Kristin Chenoweth's Some Lessons Learned, on "What Would Dolly Do"

See also[edit]

The Nashville

References[edit] Ryman Auditorium

^ "Opry Timeline – 1940s". Retrieved July 6, 2012.  ^ a b "The Jordanaires". Rovi. 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.  ^ "Jordanaires Biography". Retrieved 11 May 2011.  ^ Graham, Charlotte "The Jordanaires" (February 22, 2003), The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS), "Religion," p. 1E. ^ Linda Hjertén (22 January 2004). "Vikingarna tar farväl av fansen" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 14 December 2016.  ^ "Hugh Jarrett". Retrieved March 28, 2013.  ^ Cooper, Peter (March 27, 2013). "Jordanaires leader Gordon Stoker dies". The Tennesseean. Retrieved June 2, 2013.  ^ Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8.  ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/hard-line-mw0000838669 ^ The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires
at AllMusic. Retrieved July 15, 2013. ^ Official records, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, 2000–2006.

External links[edit]

Official website "The Jordanaires" Vocal Group Hall of Fame Page Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Spencer Leigh, "Gordon Stoker: Singer with the Jordanaires", The Independent, April 2, 2013 Bob Hubbard Interview

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Charley Pride
Charley Pride
(2000) Faron Young
Faron Young
(2000) Bill Anderson (2001) The Delmore Brothers (2001) The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers
(2001) Don Gibson
Don Gibson
(2001) Homer and Jethro
Homer and Jethro
(2001) Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings
(2001) The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires
(2001) Don Law (2001) The Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers
(2001) Ken Nelson (2001) Sam Phillips
Sam Phillips
(2001) Webb Pierce
Webb Pierce
(2001) Bill Carlisle
Bill Carlisle
(2002) Porter Wagoner
Porter Wagoner
(2002) Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer
(2003) Carl Smith (2003) Jim Foglesong (2004) Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
(2004) Alabama (2005) DeFord Bailey
DeFord Bailey
(2005) Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(2005) Harold Bradley (2006) Sonny James
Sonny James
(2006) George Strait
George Strait
(2006) Ralph Emery (2007) Vince Gill
Vince Gill
(2007) Mel Tillis
Mel Tillis
(2007) Tom T. Hall
Tom T. Hall
(2008) Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
(2008) The Statler Brothers (2008) Ernest Stoneman
Ernest Stoneman
(2008) Roy Clark
Roy Clark
(2009) Barbara Mandrell
Barbara Mandrell
(2009) Charlie McCoy
Charlie McCoy

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Studio albums

Presley Elvis Peace in the Valley (EP) Elvis' Christmas Album For LP Fans Only A Date with Elvis Elvis
Is Back! His Hand in Mine Something for Everybody Pot Luck Elvis
for Everyone! How Great Thou Art From Elvis
in Memphis From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis Elvis
Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) Love Letters from Elvis Elvis
sings The Wonderful World of Christmas Elvis
Now He Touched Me Elvis Raised on Rock / For Ol' Times Sake Good Times Promised Land Today From Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee Moody Blue

Live albums

On Stage As Recorded at Madison Square Garden Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite Elvis
Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis Having Fun with Elvis
on Stage Elvis
in Concert An Afternoon in the Garden

Soundtrack albums and EPs

Love Me Tender (EP) Loving You Jailhouse Rock (EP) King Creole G.I. Blues Flaming Star (EP) Blue Hawaii Follow That Dream (EP) Kid Galahad (EP) Girls! Girls! Girls! It Happened at the World's Fair Fun in Acapulco Kissin' Cousins Viva Las Vegas (EP) Roustabout Girl Happy Tickle Me (EP) Harum Scarum Frankie and Johnny Paradise Hawaiian Style Spinout Easy Come, Easy Go (EP) Double Trouble Clambake Speedway Elvis That's the Way It Is Viva Elvis

Compilation albums

Elvis' Golden Records 50,000,000 Elvis
Fans Can't Be Wrong Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 Elvis
Sings Flaming Star Let's Be Friends Almost in Love C'mon Everybody I Got Lucky Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1 Elvis' 40 Greatest Pure Gold Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 2 The Sun Sessions Welcome to My World Mahalo from Elvis Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 3 Greatest Hits Volume 1 Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Performances Command Performances: The Essential 60s Masters II Elvis
56 Tiger Man Memories: The '68 Comeback Special Sunrise Suspicious Minds: The Memphis 1969 Anthology ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits 2nd to None Elvis
at Sun Hitstory Elvis
Inspirational Elvis
Rock Elvis
Christmas The Essential Elvis
Presley Christmas Duets If I Can Dream Way Down in the Jungle Room The Wonder of You The 50 Greatest Hits

Box sets

Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits Vol. 1 The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters From Nashville
to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential '70s Masters Peace in the Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings Live in Las Vegas Today, Tomorrow, and Forever Elvis
the King The Complete '68 Comeback Special The Complete Elvis Presley
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Elvis' Greatest Shit

Feature films

Love Me Tender Loving You Jailhouse Rock King Creole G.I. Blues Flaming Star Wild in the Country Blue Hawaii Follow That Dream Kid Galahad Girls! Girls! Girls! It Happened at the World's Fair Fun in Acapulco Kissin' Cousins Viva Las Vegas Roustabout Girl Happy Tickle Me Harum Scarum Frankie and Johnny Paradise, Hawaiian Style Spinout Easy Come, Easy Go Double Trouble Clambake Stay Away, Joe Speedway Live a Little, Love a Little Charro! The Trouble with Girls Change of Habit

Biographical films

(1979 film) Elvis
(1990 series) Elvis
Meets Nixon Elvis
(2005 miniseries) Elvis
& Nixon


The Pied Piper of Cleveland Elvis: That's the Way It Is Elvis
on Tour This Is Elvis The New Gladiators

TV specials

The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis Singer Presents...ELVIS Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite Elvis
in Concert

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Cooking with Elvis All Shook Up Elvis. The Musical Elvis: The Concert Viva Elvis

Top 10 singles

"Heartbreak Hotel" "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" "Don't Be Cruel" "Hound Dog" "Love Me Tender" "Love Me" "Too Much" "All Shook Up" "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" "Jailhouse Rock" "Don't" "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck" "Hard Headed Woman" "One Night" "I Got Stung" "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" "I Need Your Love Tonight" "A Big Hunk o' Love" "Stuck on You" "It's Now or Never" "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" "Surrender" "I Feel So Bad" "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" "Little Sister" "Can't Help Falling in Love" "Good Luck Charm" "She's Not You" "Return to Sender" "(You're The) Devil in Disguise" "Bossa Nova Baby" "Crying in the Chapel" "In the Ghetto" "Suspicious Minds" "Don't Cry Daddy" "The Wonder of You" "Burning Love"

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