Jordanaires Gordon Stoker and Ray Walker divulge sweet memories with Ralph Emery

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A downright smoldering 22-year-old Elvis Presley poses during an MGM photo shoot for “Jailhouse Rock” sometime between June 12 and 17, 1957. The musical-drama was a huge box office earner when ultimately unleashed to cinemas on October 17, 1957. Photography by Virgil Apger / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / EPSS
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First tenor Gordon Stoker, Michael Black — subbing for second tenor Curtis Young — soprano Millie Kirkham, baritone Louis Nunley, and bass maestro Ray Walker of the Jordanaires gather inside Masterfonics Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, on October 12, 2005. Photography by John Krondes
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Renowned WSM deejay Ralph Emery, responsible for catapulting numerous singers into country music stardom, flashes a captivating smile during an appearance on RFD-TV’s “Larry’s Country Diner” on January 10, 2011. Image Credit: Gabriel Communications
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Jordanaires Gordon Stoker, baritone Hoyt Hawkins, Ray Walker, and second tenor-guitarist Neal Matthews enthusiastically cover Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” at the Nashville Tennessean’s Centennial Park concert on June 7, 1964. Photography by Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean
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The Jordanaires — Neal Matthews, Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, and Ray Walker — Elvis Presley, and soprano Millie Kirkham collide inside RCA Studio B in Nashville on May 28, 1966, during the sessions for the Grammy-winning “How Great Thou Art” album. Image Credit: Raymar Music
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The Jordanaires warmly greet an old buddy, “Garden Party” singer-songwriter Rick Nelson, in 1984. Left to right are first tenor Gordon Stoker, second tenor Neal Matthews, Nelson, bassist Ray Walker and baritone Duane West, who replaced the deceased Hoyt Hawkins. Image Credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
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Jordanaires leader and previous Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Gordon Stoker congratulates new inductees Ralph Emery — host of “Nashville Now” and “Pop! Goes the Country” — Vince Gill, and Mel Tillis at the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony on October 28, 2007. Photography by Ed Rode / CMT
Click to see late Jordanaires first tenor Gordon Stoker deliver a fascinating 20-minute Elvis Presley interview. Video Credit: YouTube user ajgherts2

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