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The Jordanaires are an American singing group formed in 1948 in Springfield, Missouri. The original group members were Bob Hubbard , Bill Matthews , Monty Matthews and Culley Holt . In the ensuing fifty plus years, several members have come and gone including Hoyt Hawkins , Hugh Jarrett andNeal Matthews, Jr. . Currently the group consists of Gordon Stoker , Curtis Young , Louis Nunley , and Ray Walker .
The Jordanaires have been one of country music's premier backup vocal groups, working with artists such as Patsy Cline, Red Foley , Jim Reeves, and George Jones. However, they are probably best known as the backup vocalists for Elvis Presley with whom they performed for more than fifteen years.
In addition to singing backup for other musicians, the group has also recorded a number of albums on their own plus have toured extensively. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998. Members, Gordon Stoker, Neal Matthews, Jr., Hoyt Hawkins, and Ray Walker were voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
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