“Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night”
Ed Hill is the gentleman backstage who made the announcement. He was a member of the Stamps Quartet, the group that backed Elvis the last seven years that he toured and recorded. It has been well documented that Elvis loved gospel music and he allowed the Stamps Quartet to open each Elvis show with 30 minutes of their gospel music.
Ed began his career in St. Louis with the Kings Men Quartet. Later he formed the Prophets Quartet in Knoxville, TN. Ed’s career spans over six decades and was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.
After stints with the Prophets, Statesmen, Singing Americans and JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet is joined the Songfellows Quartet based in Nashville, TN
Hill recalls how he both became a member of the Stamps Quartet and his first experience with Elvis. “I started to work for J. D. Sumner, who owned the Stamps Quartet, at his office. He came in one day and said he needed me to help fill in until he could find a new baritone singer. So I filled in, for almost 25 years.”
Ed is married to Sharon Hill. They have two grown children, David and Lisa.