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Gospel Music of Elvis Presley

Sure enough!! Elvis recorded his first session with RCA on January 10, 1956, with Scotty, Bill, and, D. J. . That day, “I Got A Woman”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and, “Money Honey” were recorded. On January 11, 1956, Gordon Stoker was called by Chet Atkins to do a session with a “new-probably-wouldn’t-be-around-long kid, named Elvis Presley”—oily hair, pink shirt, black trousers. RCA had, also, just signed “The Speer Family“. Chet asked Gordon to sing with Ben and Brock Speer so he could use them. On that day, “I’m Counting On You” and “I Was The One” made history by being the first recording session that Elvis, did with vocal background. By April 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” was “No. 1”. After having done several more recording sessions in New York with Scotty, Bill and D. J., Elvis flew to Nashville on April 14, 1956, to record “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”. Gordon was called, again, to sing a vocal trio with Ben and Brock. After the session, Elvis took Gordon aside and told him (not knowing, at the time, why all the Jordanaires were not there) that he wanted “the” Jordanaires on all his future recording sessions. This time, Stoker saw to it that it was known – and – true to his word – Elvis used the Jordanaires on nearly every one of his recording sessions for the next 14 years.

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Gospel Music of Elvis Presley

Jack Brock Speer is the oldest child of Tom and Lena Speer. He has been a member of the Singing Speer Family ever since he was old enough to stand up. Since the death of Dad and Mom Speer, he and his brother, Ben, have been the leaders of the family singing group. A most congenial and concerned man, Brock has served gospel music in many capacities including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gospel Music Association. As a record producer for Skylite, he directed most of the major groups in their recordings. He is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has graduated from Trevecca College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is married to the former Faye Ihrig and they have three children, Susan, Marc, and Bryan.

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Ben Speer

BEN SPEER – Contact Information

PO Box 40201,

Nashville, TN 37204

615-228-4100

615-228-4040 (fax)

E-mail: ben@benspeermusic.com

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