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The Masters V


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The Masters V (aka Masters Five) first came together in 1977 to sing at the funeral of Elvis Presley. After JD Sumner retired the Stamps and Hovie Lister retired The Statesmen in 1980, they formed the group with JD Sumner from The Stamps Quartet; Hovie Lister, Rozie Rozell and Jake Hess from The Statesmen Quartet; and James Blackwood from The Blackwood Brothers. Soon after, Rozie had health problems that prevented him from touring with the group. Initially, Sherrill (Shaun) Neilsen took his place, and was replaced by Steve Warren (the voice). By 1986, James, Jake, Hovie & Steve had left the group. After a series of quartet changes between 1986 - 1988 which included members like Ed Hill, Jack Toney, Shaun Neilsen, CJ Almgren, Buddy Burton and others; JD settled on a lineup that again included Steve Warren and they became The Stamps Quartet.

Thruout the 90’s, the group made brief appearances together when The Blackwoods, Stamps, and Statesmen were all booked for the same event. They appeared together one final time in the late 90’s with Bill Shaw filling in on tenor, Jake, James, JD, and Hovie. Since then, all the members of the original lineup have passed on. Steve Warren is still singing and recording, and Shaun Neilsen have reformed Voice, and does a lot of Elvis based shows.

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