GRAMMY Winner Gordon Stoker Dies
GRAMMY winner Gordon Stoker, lead tenor with country vocal group the Jordanaires, died March 27 in Brentwood, Tenn., following a lengthy illness. He was 88. In 1950 Stoker joined the Missouri-based Jordanaires, completing the four-piece that included Hoyt Hawkins (1927–1982), Neal Matthews (1929–2000) and Ray Walker. The Jordanaires garnered national attention in 1956 when they appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" with Elvis Presley, with whom they performed onstage and in the studio until 1968. ThThey were featured on such Presley hits as "It's Now Or Never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "Don't." They also appeared in films with Presley, including King Creole (1958), G.I. Blues (1960) and Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962). In addition, Stoker and the Jordanaires performed on other songs such as Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and "I Fall To Pieces" and Ricky Nelson's "Traveling Man." The Jordanaires received six GRAMMY nominations throughout their career, including a win in 2002 for Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music — The James Blackwood Tribute Album.