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Gordon Stoker, tenor singer for vocal group The Jordanaires, passed away March 27 at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee, reports the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He was 88.
Born August 3, 1924 in Gleason, Tennessee, Gordon grew up in a musical family and by eight was playing piano in church. He was soon playing at singing conventions in Western Tennessee and Kentucky. At one of the conventions, he caught the attention of John Daniel of the professional John Daniel Quartet who invited him to become the quartet’s first pianist when he finished high school.
Before joining John Daniel’s group, Gordon performed on radio in Jackson, Tennessee as a member of the Clement Trio and backed a gospel quartet who performed on a radio station out of Paducah, Kentucky. After graduating high school at age 15, he moved to Nashville to join the Daniel Quartet and began performing on radio station WSM. Continue Reading
Country songs are often a mirror to the world, a reflection of the times. As a tribute to the men and women who have served our country, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite songs and videos that honor our troops – heartfelt compositions that look at war through the eyes of the men and women who fight, as well as the families who are left behind to pray that their loved ones return home safely. If you don’t see your favorite on our list, leave us a comment below and let us know!
We at GAC extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all soldiers and their families!
“‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired” – Trace Adkins
This heartfelt song is about the life of soldiers through various wars, starting with America’s Civil War and continuing through our current conflicts in the Middle East. Trace Adkins conveys the soldiers’ fervent wish that their job would at some point be eliminated for good. Trace delivers as only Trace can.
“American Soldier” – Toby Keith
This song depicts the everyday life of a soldier, from not being able to call in sick to working through the holidays while standing up for liberty. Toby never fails to bring the soldiers to their feet when he performs this one on his many USO tours.
The title of this song refers to the flight on which a soldier killed in war comes home. Radney wrote the song with Darden Smith, then asked Darius Rucker to sing on it with him. The song was inspired by a series of Angel Flights that brought home a group of men known as the Red River Four. Proceeds from sales of the song benefit the groups who help families in crisis. Continue Reading