Hidden Gems: JD Sumner & The Stamps – “Old Soldiers Never Die”

This ballad was found on the Stamps’ 1990 recording, Victory Road. There’s not a screamin’ high ending, no subsonic bass notes from JD, yet this is one of the strongest songs on the album. Why? Great, descriptive lyrics that hearken back to the old cliche, and an absolutely masterful vocal performance from Ed Hill.  Some songs are seemingly written for a specific vocalist, and this is one of them. Ed Hill is the perfect person to sing this song. Granted, the group vocals on the chorus are very solid, nice smooth harmony, especially on the tag, but Hill is the one that really shines on this cut. This is why he is regarded as one of the best baritones to grace a stage. Pull your copy out and give it a listen.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

2 Responses to Hidden Gems: JD Sumner & The Stamps – “Old Soldiers Never Die”

  1. Quaid says:

    “Victory Road” had Steve Warren singing tenor, right?

  2. burkesbrainwork says:

    Actually it was Jerry Trammell.

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