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The Jordanaires

For over 40 years, the Jordanaires remained one of the premier backup vocal groups in country music, working with such greats as Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, George Jones, and, of course, Elvis Presley. The quartet began in Springfield, MO during the late '40s, featuring original members Bob Hubbard, Bill Matthews, Monty Matthews, and Culley Holt, and sang barbershop and spirituals. They debuted on The Grand Ole Opry in 1949. The group changed members during the early '50s, with Gordon Stoker and Hoyt Hawkins replacing Hubbard (who was drafted) and Bill Matthews (who became seriously ill). In 1953, Monty Matthews left the group for personal reasons, and was replaced by Neal Matthews.

By 1954, the Jordanaires were singing behind artists such as Elton Britt, Red Foley, and Jimmy Wakely. That year they appeared on Eddy Arnold's television show, but didn't get their big break until Elvis Presley, a longtime fan, invited the group to back him after receiving a major recording contract from RCA Victor. When Elvis became a star, he honored his promise to keep them as his backup singers, and they worked with him until 1970, appearing in many of his films and on his gospel recordings. In 1954, Culley Holt became ill and was replaced by Hugh Jarrett; he left in 1958 and was replaced by Ray Walker.

When not backing Elvis, the Jordanaires were busy making their own mark in country music. Neal Matthews was a talented arranger and was responsible for Jim Reeves' massive hit "Four Walls" (1957). In 1959, the Jordanaires began working with Patsy Cline, and also devised the Nashville number system of chords that is still widely used in recording studios and performances. They also recorded their own gospel and country albums. It was the Jordanaires who provided the main impetus for the formation of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/Screen Actors' Guild in Nashville. They also established Nashville's commercial jingle market, which helped singers like Janie Fricke and Judy Rodman get their start. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Track List: A Gospel Prayer For Peace

1. Amazing Grace

2. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

3. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

4. Life's Railway To Heaven

5. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

6. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

7. Big Man

8. The Shelter Of His Arms

9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

10. I Was There When It Happened

11. The Lord's Prayer

12. The Old Country Church

13. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

14. Rock Of Ages

15. Somebody Bigger Than You And I

16. Hallelujah Special

17. You'll Never Walk Alone

18. I'm Winging My Way Back Home

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Track List: Country Folk Favorites

1. Red River Valley

2. There's A Big Wheel

3. On The Banks Of The Old Ponchartrain

4. Our Own Jole Blon

5. Canaan's Land

6. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

7. Danny Boy

8. Little Moses

9. Bonaparte's Retreat

10. Big Midnight Special

11. The Way Worn Traveler

12. Rings Of Gold

13. Joshua

14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

15. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Country Gospel Classics

1. Put Your Hand In The Hand

2. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

3. Church In The Wildwood

4. When I Sing For Him

5. I Don't Deserve A Mansion

6. If We Forget God

7. In The Sweet Bye And Bye

8. Angel Band

10. How Great Thou Art

11. Farther Along

12. There Is Power In The Blood

13. Standing On The Promises

14. Lord, I'm Coming Home

15. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

16. This Highway Leads To Glory

17. Family Bible

18. It Is No Secret

19. Amazing Grace

20. I Saw The Light

21. Oh Happy Day

22. Softly And Tenderly (Calling For You And For Me)

23. Where Could I Go But To The Lord

24. Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven

25. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

26. Rock Of Ages

27. Kneel At The Cross

28. All His Children

29. Jesus, Do You Really Care

30. This Ole House

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Track List: Country Gospel Greats

1. I'll Fly Away

2. You Can't Be A Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine)

3. I Saw The Light

4. How Great Thou Art

5. Crying In The Chapel

6. I Need Thee Every Hour

7. One Day At A Time

9. Life's Railway To Heaven

10. Oh Happy Day

11. Turn Your Radio On

12. Wings Of A Dove

13. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

14. Bridge Over Troubled Water

16. Why Me (Lord)

17. In The Garden

18. Just As I Am

20. When The Saints Go Marching In

21. Amazing Grace

22. Uncloudy Day

23. Whispering Hope

24. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

25. No Charge

26. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

28. Rock Of Ages

29. Jesus Is The Answer

30. You'll Never Walk Alone

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Track List: Gospel Sung By The Great Quartets, Vol. 4

1. Precious Memories

2. Sinner Come Home

3. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

4. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

6. Are You Living For Jesus

7. Thanks Be To Calvary

8. Keep Smiling

9. The Prettiest Flowers

10. Rock Of My Soul

11. Peace In The Valley

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Track List: How Great Thou Art

1. How Great Thou Art

2. I'll Fly Away

3. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

4. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

5. Life's Railway To Heaven

6. Softly And Tenderly

7. This Little Light Of Mine

8. Blessed Assurance

9. In The Sweet By And By

10. I Saw The Light

11. He Lives

12. Rock Of Ages

13. Amazing Grace

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No one can sing Gospel like Elvis.
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decemberdrea m 4 7
Love this group listen to them when I was growing up
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eilerj4
Where are the Jordanaires from.?
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Amen.
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mjpickett65
The foundation of life. God is the reason for all that is good.
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They added to Rick Nelson also.
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Praise the Lord.
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I love them with Elvis Presley
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jmccormick06
I love listening to their hymns, uplifting!!
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sos77
Gave Elvis a lift in gospel-----G r e a r music----Jac k Carroll

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