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Elvis Back-up Gordon Stoker Dies

March 28th, 2013 - By Charles Choate

Stoker   Former Gleason native Gordon Stoker, who long sang back-up for Elvis Presley and other stars, has died at the age of 88.

Stoker was a member of the gospel group The Jordanaires, who backed Presley for a number of years on such classic’s as “Hound Dog” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight”.

Stoker’s son Alan said his father passed away at his home in Brentwood after a lengthy illness.

He began his career at a young age by playing piano at the Tumbling Creek Baptist Church, outside of Gleason, and started with the Jordanaires as there piano player.

Thunderbolt Broadcasting interviewed Stoker last August, and he said all of his family in Gleason were musically talented.

After becoming The Jordanaires tenor vocalist, Stokers voice would later become a part of music classic’s such as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”, Jim Reeves “Four Walls” and the George Jones hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

But Stoker quickly added that the highlight of his career was working for year’s with Elvis.

The group last performed on an album in 2007 by Ray Price and Willie Nelson, and made their last public appearance in August of 2012.

Funeral services will take place in Nashville Saturday at the Christ Presbyterian Church.