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Jordanaires

Organized in 1948 in Springfield, Missouri, The Jordanaires originally sang barbershop-type tunes and spirituals. After appearing on the Grand Old Opry and the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts, the group went on to appear on many national television shows, later backing up popular singers of the day including Elvis Presley (First with the tune “I Was The One”), Patsy Cline, Ricky Nelson and many others. The group was also a driving force in establishing an AFTRA/SAG (American Federation of Television & Radio Artists/Screen Actor’s Guild) office in Nashville, and Neal Matthews originated the “number system,” a kind of musical shorthand that is still used today in recording sessions. The Jordanaires received a special award from NARAS (National Academy of Arts and Sciences) for having sung on more top 10 recordings than any other vocal group. They are still working, appearing recently on a Patsy Cline tribute show in Las Vegas.

 

Induction Year

1998

 

Formation

1948

 

Original Members

  • Gordon Stokes
  • Neal Matthews
  • Hoyt Hawkins
  • Hugh Jarrett

 

Style

  • Barber-shop
  • Spirituals

 

Collaborating Artists

  • Patsy Cline
  • Julie Andrews
  • Ricky Nelson
  • Jimmy Dean
  • The Judds
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Elvis Presley

 

Video

The Jordanaires singing “Something Within”

 

The Jordanaires singing “Workin’ On A Building”