D. J. Fontana
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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