|J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Elvis Presley Gospel Favorites CD OOP|
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|Artist:||J.D. Sumner & The Stamps|
|Genre:||Contemp. Christian, Gospel|
|Playing Time:||32 min.|
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If you already know who JD Sumner and the Stamp Quartet are, then you'll already understand what this album is about. If not, hopefully this may be of interest for you.
The Stamps started out in the early 50's (the singing as the Blackwood Brothers Quartet) and were one of the travelling groups that Elvis Presley, as a lad, would sneak in to the local auditorium to listen to (there's a story that Elvis got caught on one occasion sneaking in to the show without a ticket. He got to meet JD and explained that he was desperate to hear them again, but didn't have the money. JD then told the theatre that Elvis was to be his guest each time they visited (don't know how true or acurate that is, but it's a great story).
However, what is true is that in the early 70's (when Elvis returned to live shows in Las Vegas), he came across JD & The Stamps and invited then to be part of his backing singers. They agreed and so began a collaboration that lasted up to Elvis' death in 1977.
Appearing together for over 1000 live shows, as well as almost all the album/single recordings of the 70's, they had the distinct honour of being given their own 'spot' during countless number of shows. In the 1972 movie 'Elvis on Tour', Elvis is seen singing gospel songs around the piano following one of his late night shows - something that became quite a custom. 'The Lighthouse' was a favourite that, in Elvis own words "Simply blew him away". On stage they also performed a rousing and very powerful version of 'Sweet, Sweet Spirit' (I had the pleasure of hearing the Stamps sing this at on of the Elvis in Concert shows, sadly without JD as he passed away in the 1998). This album has these two songs recorded by the original line-up and the results are awesome. the other tracks on the album are one's that Elvis either recorded with the Quartet or just one's he loved. They are all very good tracks, but for me, the reason to own this are for the THE LIGHTHOUSE and SWEET, SWEET SPIRIT. Simply heavenly!