The Jordanaires

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The Jordanaires
The Jordanaires with Elvis, 1957
The Jordanaires with Elvis, 1957
Background information
OriginSpringfield, Missouri, United States
GenresGospel, country, rock & roll, folk
Years active1948 (1948)–2013 (2013)
Associated actsFoggy River Boys, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Ricky Nelson, Ringo Starr
Past members
  • Ray Walker
  • Curtis Young
  • Gordon Stoker
  • Bill Matthews
  • Bob Hubbard
  • Warren (Monty) Matthews
  • Culley Holt
  • Hoyt Hawkins
  • Neal Matthews Jr.
  • Don Bruce
  • Hugh Jarrett
  • Duane West
  • Louis Nunley

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.

Original members[change | change source]

  • Hoyt Hawkins – baritone and lead vocals, piano, organ, percussion (1949-1980; died 1980)
  • Neal Matthews Jr. — second tenor and lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, double bass, bass guitar (1949–2000; died 2000)
  • Gordon Stoker – tenor vocals, piano, organ, percussion (1951-2013; died 2013)[1]
  • Ray Walker – bass vocals (1958-2013)

References[change | change source]

  1. Cooper, Peter (March 27, 2013). "Jordanaires leader Gordon Stoker dies". The Tennessean. Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2013.