Elvis Birthday Tribute Artist Spectacular

D. J. Fontana
First Drummer of Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame
D. J. Fontana was Elvis' drummer for 14 years and played on over 460 RCA cuts with Elvis. D. J. Fontana began his incredible career as a staff drummer in 1953 on the famous Louisiana Hayride. While working the Hayride in 1954 D. J. met Elvis. They formed a common bond of friendship and admiration for each other's immense talents. D. J., Scotty Moore and Bill Black formed Elvis' original band. D. J. was the man behind the beat for the first 14 years of Elvis' career. D. J. and Scotty Moore received the "Nashville Music Award" for the best "Independent Album Of The Year" in 1998 for "Going Back To Memphis", from their CD "All The Kings Men". D. J. and Scotty were also nominated for a GRAMMY in 1998 for their CD "All The Kings Men".


The Sweet Inspirations
This angelic female vocal group was much in demand for music sessions appearing with Wilson Picket & Aretha Franklin. The Sweet Inspirations had their own hit with their title debut “Sweet Inspiration” They came to the attention of The King, their lives were changed forever. Opening live & on many of The Kings' greatest hit records
We are privileged to have them on our show..."Featuring Estelle Brown" who performed over 1000 shows with Elvis, along with longtime member, Portia Griffin. This year the Sweet Inspirations will be inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame.
 


The Blackwood Quartet
Mark Blackwood carries on the legacy of the Blackwood Brothers through the Blackwood Quartet. Their legacy started in 1934 in Choctaw County, MS. They were the 1st gospel group to sell 1 million records and are eight time Grammy award winners. They are also inducted into the “Gospel Music Hall of Fame”
 


Former members of
JD Summer and the STAMPS QUARTET


Donnie Sumner became the lead vocalist and arranger for J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet in 1965. He continued in this position for nearly eight years. During the last three years of Donnie's service with JD Sumner and The Stamps, he worked with Elvis Presley. Donnie can be seen in the television special Aloha From Hawaii, and the documentary Elvis On Tour, in which he was featured on the gospel song "The Lighthouse". In 1972 Donnie left the Stamps Quartet and organized his own group, which was to become known as The Voice. They were asked by Elvis to become part of his entourage in 1973. The Voice was the opening act on all Elvis' personal appearances as well as part of the vocal ensemble performing all of his stage back-up vocals. Donnie performed with Elvis until late 1976.

Ed Hill was a former member of The Prophets Quartet, one of America's most respected Gospel quartets, was asked by J.D. Sumner of the Stamps Quartet to manage his talent agency and music companies. In 1973 he was asked to sing baritone temporarily until a permanent voice could be acquired. "Temporarily" lengthened into 5 years of fulltime service with the Stamps Quartet and with the late Elvis Presley.

Bill Baize is one of the most dynamic evangelists in America today, has been called "one of the greatest tenor singers of our day". The late Elvis Presley once said of Bill "... He has one of the most splendid voices in the world". He sang tenor for the Echoes of Calvary, The Illinoisans, the Trailsmen, and the Smitty Gatlin Trio from 1966 to 1967. In 1971, Bill joined the Stamps Quartet to sing with Elvis Presley. He left the group in 1976.

Larry Strickland spent 4 years in the military in the early seventies and then worked with for the State of North Carolina and traveled and sang with a Gospel quartet on the weekends. Larry was then hired by JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet in 1973. He continued in this position until Elvis passed away in 1977 and remained with the Stamps until 1979. His voice can be heard in many of Elvis' recordings such as Moody Blue on Live From Elvis Presley Blvd.
 



 
The Award Winning Elvis Tribute Orchestra
An 11 piece show band featuring The Fabulous Ambassadors. Directed by Danny Lentino

 
 

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