Saturday, 31 May 2008
Hugh Jarrett former Jordanaires Dies...
Hugh Jarrett (second from right) with the
Jordanaires singing group
May 31, 2008
ATLANTA – A former Gainesville radio personality, Elvis Presley backup singer and emcee at Lanierland Music Park in Cumming has died.
Hugh Jarrett was the bass singer for Elvis Presley’s back up quartet, the Jordanaires from 1954 to 1958. Hugh’s voice can be heard on over 50 of Elvis’ recordings including the $10 million seller Don’t Be Cruel.
During part of his career, when rock 'n' roll was in its heyday, Jarrett was a radio disc jockey, known as "Big Hugh Baby." That was when he was heard virtually coast-to-coast on WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee, and when he worked for WPLO in Atlanta.
Jarrett settled permanently in Atlanta in 1970. His stints in Gainesville radio included time at WGGA, now Sports Radio 1240 The Ticket (like AccessNorthGa.com, a part of Jacobs Media Corp.), as a gospel music disc jockey.
In addition to his radio work, Jarrett dabbled in acting, appearing in the television series, In The Heat of the Night, which starred Carroll O'Conner, and in the made-for-TV movie, Murder in Coweta County, which starred Johnny Cash and Andy Griffith.
Jarrett's death Saturday resulted from injuries sustained in an auto accident March 25. He had been hospitalized since that time.
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