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Gordon Stoker

Gordon Stoker (August 3, 1924 - March 27, 2013)


Gordon Stoker was born in Gleason, Tennessee on August 3, 1924. He joined the Jordanaires in 1949. He was their pianist, then became a vocalist alternating between tenor and lead.

Prior to joining the Jordanaires, he had already played piano for the John Daniel Quartet and appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Between his stint with the Daniel Quartet in the early 1940s and joining the Jordanaires in 1949, he served in the United States Air Force from 1943-1945 and attended college from 1946 to 1948.

Stoker and the Jordanaires were well-known in Gospel circles in the early 1950s. They became household names for secular fans after 1956 when Elvis Presley called them to sing background vocals on his hit song "Hound Dog." The Jordanaires sang on many hit Country recordings including Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

Stoker passed away on March 27, 2013 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee after a long illness. He was 88 years old.


2001 - Country Music Hall Of Fame (as a member of the Jordanaires)

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