Donnie Sumner, better know to Elvis fans and Elvis as Jd Sumner. Sumner was lead singer for The Stamps Quartet, is celebrating the release of his debut memoir, entitled... In the Shadow of Kings
J D Sumner experienced worldwide acclaim when he joined Elvis Presley, November 1971 on stage and in the recording studio, remaining with Elvis for the next five years.
JD Sumner and Elvis On Stage circa 1970s
JD Sumner first met Elvis in the summer 1960 at Graceland, when Elvis was preparing to record his first gospel album, the beloved His Hand In Mine
Sumner's uncle, was then a member of The Blackwood Brothers who were Elvis’ favorite gospel group.
Elvis described JD as the "World’s lowest bass singer in the world..." in Elvis On Tour after singing a stunning, solo rendition of the gospel song, The Lighthouse.
After his Aloha From Hawaii gig Sumner left The Stamps for a few short months in 1973.
Want an autographed copy of JD Sumner book "In the Shadow of Kings email JD Sumner and request it.
Sumner will also be available during Elvis Week, 2012 and attending the Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert at the FedExForum August 16 2012
As well as several meet and greet at Graceland including Conversations on Elvis & Gospel’ Saturday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m.