Former Jordanaire Hugh Jarrett Dies


The Jordanaires.

June 3, 2008 — Hugh Jarrett, a bass vocalist who spent part of his career as a member of the Jordanaires, died Saturday in Atlanta, according to multiple media reports.

Hugh had been injured in an automobile accident March 25 and remained hospitalized thereafter.

Hugh became a fulltime member of the Jordanaires, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, in 1954, according WDUN-AM in Gainesville, Ga. During that period, Elvis Presley enlisted the group as his regular back-up singers. The Jordanaires sang on such hits as "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up" and "Don’t Be Cruel" and accompanied Elvis on his national TV appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Hugh, however, had numerous other interests, and he left the group in 1958, replaced by Ray Walker, who still sings bass for the act. Hugh became an alternate and continued to work as a part-time Jordanaire when Ray was unavailable.

The Jordanaires also appeared on hits by the likes of Don Gibson, Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Faron Young and Conway Twitty. Hugh was part of the ensemble when the Jordanaires backed Jim Reeves on his recording of "The Blizzard."

Hugh worked in radio both before and after his stint with the Jordanaires, settling in Atlanta in 1970. In addition to his music and broadcasting careers, he also did some acting, appearing in the TV series "In The Heat Of The Night" and the TV movie "Murder In Coweta County," which starred Johnny Cash.