Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires Dies at 88

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 [...] Read More

50 Years After the Crash – Remembering Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas & Hawkshaw Hawkins

By Eileen Sisk © 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. The Grand Ole Opry suffered the biggest loss of talent in its 87-year history when a small plane carrying Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Cline’s manager Randy Hughes, crashed on the evening of March 5, 1963, [...] Read More

Loretta Lynn Honored for 50 Years of Music

Five decades ago, Loretta Lynn and her husband-manager, “Mooney” Lynn, drove station to station around the U.S. promoting her first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl.” All these years later, she’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a global symbol for country music, and she was honored Friday at her Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum in Tennessee for 50 years as an American icon. A bevy musicians and music-industry executives were on hand for the occasion, including Marty Stuart, Crystal Gayle, Jack Greene and Terri Clark. Ronnie McDowell presented Loretta a painting he had created, depicting her when she was 10 years old and living in Kentucky. A string of presenters included John Carter Cash, arranger Bill Walker and Ray Walker, of the Jordanaires, the Hall of Fame vocal quartet that backed Loretta on such classics as “You’re Lookin’ At Country,” “Blue Kentucky Girl,” “Don’t Come A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” There were also video tributes from Wynonna, Big Kenny, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler and Dolly Parton. The ceremony took place in a sweat-filled tent outside the museum, which houses an extraordinary volume of memorabilia, including letters from presidents, stage wear and a string of awards. None of which have led Loretta to think of herself as anything other than the little girl who grew up in poverty in an eastern Kentucky shack. Read More