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J.JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet


The Stamps Quartet - 1962

Group Members

The Stamps Quartet (pre-JD/1962-1965)

Tenor
Jerry Redd (1962-1963)
Jim Hill (1963-1965) (Hill continued until 1968 after JD began traveling with the group.)

Lead
Roger McDuff (1962-1965) (McDuff continued until 1966 after JD began traveling with the group.)

Baritone
Terry Blackwood (1962-1964)
Mylon LeFevre (1964-1965) also played bass guitar

Bass
John Hall (1962-1965)

Piano
Joe Roper (1962-1965)
Chuck Ramsey (1965) (Ramsey continued until 1966 after JD began traveling with the group.)


JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet - 1990

(l-r): Ed Hill, Jerry Trammell, J D Sumner, Jack Toney, C J Almgren

Group Members

JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet (1965-1980, 1988-1998)

Alto
Sandra Steele (1978-1979)
Jennifer O’Brien (1979-1980)

Tenor
Jim Hill (1965-1968)
Roy McNeal (1968-1970)
Gary Buck (1970-1971)
Bill Baize (1971-1976)
Ron Booth (1976)
Pat Brown (1976)
Gary Buckles (1976-1978)
Steve Warren (1988-1989, 1991-1992)
Jerry Trammell (1989-1991)
Rick Strickland (1992-1998)

Lead
Roger McDuff (1965-1966)
Donnie Sumner (1966-1974)
Dave Rowland (1974)
Ed Enoch (1974-1980, 1990-1998) (Also sang baritone)
Richard Lee (1979-1980)
Jack Toney (1988-1990)

Baritone
Jimmy Blackwood (1965-1969)
Ed Enoch (1969-1974) (Also sang lead)
Ed Hill (1974-1979, 1988-1998)

Bass
J D Sumner (1965-1980, 1988-1998)
Richard Sterban (1970-1973)
Ed Wideman (1973)
Larry Strickland (1976)
Tommy Thompson (1990)

Piano
Chuck Ramsey (1965-1966)
Donnie Sumner (1966) (also sang lead) Tony Brown (1966-1972)
Linda Robinson (1972)
Nick Bruno (1972-1973)
Morris Willis (1973)
Ronnie Mabe (1973-1977)
Milton Smith (1977-1978)
C J Almgren (1988-1995)
Jerry Kelso (1995-1998)

Drums
Billy Blackwood (1966-1969)

Guitar
Duke Dumas (1966-1972)
Tim Baty (1968-1969)
Doyle Dykes (1972-????)

Bass Guitar
Mylon LeFevre (1966-1968)
David Hildreth (1969-1970)
Kenny Hicks (1970-1973)

Musician
David Ponder (1980)

History

The Stamps Quartet (After the Frank Stamps Quartet and before JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet)

(1962-1965)

In the fall of 1962, Frank Stamps sold his Stamps Quartet Music Company to James Blackwood, Cecil Blackwood and J D Sumner of the Blackwood Brothers. The new owners created a new Stamps Quartet with Jerry Redd, Roger McDuff, Terry Blackwood, "Big" John Hall and “Smiling” Joe Roper. Jim Hill, Mylon LeFevre and Chuck Ramsey also performed with what turned out to be a transition version of the Stamps, bridging the three years between the end of the Frank Stamps era and the launch of the J D Sumner era.

Their 1964 LP releases What A Day That Will Be and Without Him featured similar artwork. Both title tracks became timeless classics that can now be found in most modern hymnbooks. "What A Day That Will Be" was written by tenor Jim Hill and "Without Him" was written by baritone Mylon LeFevre.

History

JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet

(1965-1980, 1988-1998)

In 1965, J D and James Blackwood “swapped” bass singers; Sumner went to the Stamps and John Hall went to the Blackwood Brothers. Once Sumner joined the group, they were billed as J D Sumner And The Stamps Quartet. Jimmy Blackwood went to work for J D in the Stamps at the same time. Tenor singer Jim Hill and lead singer Roger McDuff were retained from the pre-JD group. Pianist Chuck Ramsey also remained with the group during the transition, but he was replaced by J D's nephew Donnie Sumner in 1966. Donnie moved into the lead slot later that same year, and future MCA Records executive Tony Brown was brought on board to play piano. This combination was an immediate success on the concert circuit.

As the 1970s rolled around, the Stamps saw a number of changes. Most notable was their launch into global stardom as the key backup group for Elvis Presley. The Stamps would typically perform gospel music as a warm-up act for Elvis, then they would add their backing vocals once Presley took the stage. Bill Baize was soon singing tenor, and Ed Hill later came to the Stamps from the Prophets.

The group sometimes used a second bass singer during the Elvis years, with Sumner taking on more of a feature role. When they weren't traveling with Presley, they continued to appear at gospel events. Sumner sometimes stayed home and sent the rest of the Stamps out to fulfill the gospel dates. Richard Sterban and Larry Strickland were two of the bass singers that sang with the Stamps during this time. Toward the end of the 1970s, the Stamps used an alto for the top part rather than a tenor. Sandra Steele and Jennifer O’Brien are two ladies that sang with the group during those years.

After Presley’s death, the group was unstable with several members coming and going. JD and Hovie Lister hatched the idea for the Masters V in 1980. They initially intended for it to be a part-time group appearing at a few select events each year, but they were soon working a full-time schedule. Both the Stamps and the Statesmen names were dormant while JD and Hovie, joined by Jake Hess, James Blackwood and Rosie Rozell, performed as the Masters V. Shaun Nielsen and Steve Warren filled the tenor role after Rozell left the group.

After eight years with the Masters V, James Blackwood and Jake Hess exited and the underlying concept of that group was diluted. J D and Hovie carried on for a while with Nielsen, Jack Toney, and Ed Hill, but ultimately J D decided to revive the Stamps name. Warren returned to sing tenor while Toney and Hill remained with the group during the name change. Rick Strickland later replaced Warren on tenor and Jerry Kelso became the pianist. When J D Sumner passed away in 1998, the final members of the group were Sumner, Strickland, Ed Enoch, Hill, and Kelso. During the final years of the group, they toured the United States and Europe, appearing at numerous Elvis tribute events in addition to headlining on the gospel concert circuit. The Stamps also made regular appearances on the Gaither Homecoming Series where Sumner was a fixture in the bass section.

Awards

GMA Hall Of Fame (1998)

Discography

Due to the large number of recordings by J D Sumner And The Stamps Quartet, the discography has been divided into separate pages by decade. Please click on the decade you wish to view.

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