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The Jordanaires

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For over 40 years, the Jordanaires continued to be among the top backup vocal groupings in nation music, dealing with such greats as Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and, needless to say, Elvis Presley. The quartet started in Springfield, MO through the past due ’40s, featuring first people Bob Hubbard, Costs Matthews, Monty Matthews, and Culley Holt, and sang barbershop and spirituals. They debuted in the Grand Ole Opry in 1949. The group transformed members through the early ’50s, with Gordon Stoker and Hoyt Hawkins changing Hubbard (who was simply drafted) and Costs Matthews (who became significantly sick). In 1953, Monty Matthews still left the group for personal factors, and was changed by Neal Matthews. By 1954, the Jordanaires had been singing behind performers such as for example Elton Britt, Crimson Foley, and Jimmy Wakely. That 12 months they made an appearance on Eddy Arnold’s tv program, but didn’t obtain big break until Elvis Presley, a longtime lover, asked the group to back again him after finding a main recording agreement from RCA Victor. When Elvis became a celebrity, he honored his guarantee to maintain them as his back-up singers, plus they caused him until 1970, showing up in lots of of his movies and on his gospel recordings. In 1954, Culley Holt became sick and was changed by Hugh Jarrett; he remaining in 1958 and was changed by Ray Walker. You should definitely support Elvis, the Jordanaires had been busy making their very own tag in nation music. Neal Matthews was a talented arranger and was in charge of Jim Reeves’ substantial hit “Four Wall space” (1957). In 1959, the Jordanaires started dealing with Patsy Cline, and in addition devised the Nashville quantity program of chords that’s still trusted in documenting studios and shows. They also documented their very own gospel and nation albums. It had been the Jordanaires who offered the primary impetus for the forming of the American Federation of Tv and Radio Performers/Screen Stars’ Guild in Nashville. In addition they established Nashville’s industrial jingle marketplace, which helped performers like Janie Fricke and Judy Rodman obtain start.

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Full Name The Jordanaires
Awards Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Music Songs The Church In The Wildwood, I Shall Not Be Moved, Dip Your Fingers, When We All Get To Heaven, When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder, Power In The Blood, Love Lifted Me, Turn Your Radio On, Dig A Little Deeper, Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Only One Step More, Life Is Like a Mountain Railroad, Skip-A-Rope, Green, Green Grass of Home, My Soul Walked Through the Darkness, I Just Can't Keep from Cryin', I Come To the Garden Alone, Keep Your Eyes on Jesus, Safely in The Arms of Jesus, The Last Mile of the Way, Rock-A-Hula Baby, Does Jesus Care, He Lifted Me, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Rock A Doodle, If We Never Meet Again, Rock My Soul, Night With The Ebon Pinion, Good Luck Charm, Asleep In Jesus, Ribbon of Darkness, Söka Skatten
Albums Christmas to Elvis From the Jordanaires, Great Gospel Songs, We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music - The James Blackwood Tribute Album, Songs of Devotion, Of Rivers And Plains, Believe (A Collection Of Bluegrass Hymns, Sing Elvis´ Gospel Favourites, 20th Century Gospel (Grammy-Nominated), We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music (Grammy Winning), To God Be The Glory, Kiss Me Quick, Today, Tomorrow And Forever, The Jordanaires Xmas Album, Gospel Music Hall of Fame Series - Jake Hess and The Jordanaires - 24 Songs of Faith, Showcase, Jesus Loves Me, King of the Gospel Singers, This Land, Greatest Hits, Voices on Their Own, How Great Thou Art, Spirituals (Mono Version), 40th Anniversary, He Is My Everything, The Church In The Wildwood, The Big Country Hits, Jordanaires, Favorites, Old Rugged Cross - A Collection of Southern Gospel Hymns, Heavenly Spirit!, The Jordanaires Sing Gospel, Dasher With the Light Upon His Tail, Great Gospel Hit Parade (Grammy Nominated), I Beg of You (Mono Version), The Jordanaires Praise Jesus, Maailman Tähdet Elvis Presley, Vol. 2, Christmas Greetings, The Very Best: The Jordanaires, Games People Play, Rock 'n Dance Sweet Little Sixteen and more, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, Green Green Grass of Home, Love & Life Elvis (60 Hits Songs), Christmas With the Jordanaires, The Gospel People Love Revue: Sounds Of Texas, Nashville Florida and Pacific Northwest, Like a Bird, Heartbreak Hotel, Pure Gospel, Snapshot: The Jordanaires, Leaning On The Everlasting Arms, Southern Meets Soul
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Vocal Group of the Year, NME Award for World Group


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1 Although they worked mainly as backup singers for Elvis Presley, they also worked on many recordings by Ricky Nelson, but Presley requested that they not be permitted credit on any of them.
2 Along with Floyd Cramer and legendary Nashville guitarist Hank Garland recorded the two hit singles, "I've Got the Blues" and "Why Must You Leave Me," with rockabilly pioneer Vernon Taylor.
3 Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001: Bill Matthews (b. LaFollette, TN; 1923), his brother Monty (b. Pulaski, KY; 1927), Culley Holt (b. McAlester, OK; 1925-1980), Bob Hubbard (b. Chaffee, MO; 1928), Gordon Stoker (b. Gleason, TN, 1924), Neal Matthews Jr. (no relation to Bill and Monty; b. Nashville, TN; 1929-2000), Hoyt Hawkins (b. Paducah, KY; 1927-1982), Hugh Jarrett (b. Nashville, TN; 1929), and Ray Walker (b. Centerville, MS; 1934).
4 At one time Elvis Presley's backup singers.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fortitude 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rock-A-Doodle 1991 performer: "Sun Do Shine", "Come Back to You", "Rock-A-Doodle", "Treasure Hunting Fever", "Kiss N Coo", "Tyin' Your Shoes"
Sweet Dreams 1985 performer: "Sweet Dreams", "I Fall to Pieces", "Crazy", "She's Got You"
From Nashville with Music 1969 performer: "Cotton Fields"
Kissin' Cousins 1964 performer: "Kissin' Cousins", "Catchin' On Fast", "Tender Feeling", "Barefoot Ballad", "Once Is Enough", "Kissin' Cousins No.2" - uncredited
Buffalo Gun 1961 performer: "Sugaree", "Buffalo Gun"
Flaming Star 1960 "A Cane And A High Starched Collar", "Flaming Star"
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley 1960 TV Special performer: "Stuck on You"
Country Style, U.S.A. 1959-1960 TV Series short performer - 10 episodes
Texaco Star Theatre 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Grand Ole Opry 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 backing vocals
Deadhead Miles 1973 vocal accompaniment
A Time to Sing 1968 vocal backgrounds
Speedway 1968 vocal accompaniment
Stay Away, Joe 1968 vocal accompaniment
Clambake 1967 vocal accompaniment
Easy Come, Easy Go 1967 vocal accompaniment
Spinout 1966 vocal backgrounds
Paradise, Hawaiian Style 1966 vocal accompaniment
Frankie and Johnny 1966 vocal backgrounds
Harum Scarum 1965 vocal backgrounds
Tickle Me 1965 vocal accompaniment
Girl Happy 1965 vocal backgrounds
Roustabout 1964 vocal accompaniment
Fun in Acapulco 1963 vocal accompaniment
It Happened at the World's Fair 1963 vocal backgrounds
Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962 vocal accompaniment
G.I. Blues 1960 vocal accompaniment
King Creole 1958 vocal accompaniment
Loving You 1957 vocal accompaniment

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock-A-Doodle 1991 Chanticleer's Farmyard Backup Singers / The King's Backup Singers / Patou's Backup Singers (voice, uncredited)
From Nashville with Music 1969 The Jordanaires
The Las Vegas Hillbillys 1966 Singing Group (as The Jordanaires)
Kid Galahad 1962 Vocal Group (uncredited)
Country Music Holiday 1958 The Jordanaires

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis 1979/I TV Movie additional consultant - as The Jordinaires

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Is Elvis 1981 the producers gratefully acknowledge

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis: Memories of the King 2007 Video documentary Themselves
Elvis - Up Close and Personal 2007 Video documentary Themselves
We Shall Behold Him: A Tribute to Dottie Rambo 2003 Video Themselves - Performers
Another Audience with Freddie Starr 1997 TV Movie Themselves
Elvis: The Tribute 1994 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Ricky Nelson & Fats Domino: Live at the Universal Amphitheatre 1985 TV Special
Nashville Remembers Elvis on His Birthday 1980 TV Movie documentary Themselves
The Jimmy Dean Show 1964 TV Series Themselves
Country Music Caravan 1964 Themselves
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963 TV Series Themselves - Guests
G.I. Blues 1960 Themselves
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley 1960 TV Special Themselves - Singers (uncredited)
Country Style, U.S.A. 1959-1960 TV Series short Themselves - Singers
The Milton Berle Show 1958 TV Series Themselves
Texaco Star Theatre 1956 TV Series Themselves - Backup Singers
Grand Ole Opry 1956 TV Series Themselves - Singers

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elvis: #1 Hit Performances 2007 Video Themselves
Elvis: The Ed Sullivan Shows 2006 Video documentary
Elvis '56 1987 TV Movie documentary
Elvis on Tour 1972 Documentary Themselves (uncredited)

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