Born October 26, 1929, Matthews began singing second tenor in the Jordanaires in 1953. The group began doing background vocals for Elvis Presley three years later. The gospel-ish harmonizing can be heard on hits by Presley, Ricky Nelson, Jimmy Dean, Merle Haggard, and Tom Jones. He also authored a book, The Nashville Numbering System, originally published in June 1988 by Hal Leonard. At the age of 70, Neal Matthews died from a heart attack in his Brentwood, TN, home on April 21, 2000.
Neal Matthews-related releases are Patsy Cline's The Patsy Cline Story, Patsy Cline Showcase, Sweet Dreams, Last Sessions, Remembering, Sentimentally Yours, A Portrait of Patsy Cline, Here's Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley's Known Only to Him: Elvis Gospel 1957-1971, The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters, The Collection, His Life & His Music; k.d. lang's Shadowland; Gordon Lightfoot's Songbook; Jerry Lee Lewis' All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology; Loretta Lynn's All Time Gospel Favorites; Reba McEntire's Reba McEntire; Don Gibson's A Legend in My Time; Scotty Moore's All the King's Men; Billy Ray Cyrus' It Won't Be the Last; Don McLean's For the Memories; Sugar Ray Norcia's Sweet & Swingin'; the Jordanaires' Sing Gospel, Sing Elvis' Favorite Gospel Songs; Jimmy Sturr's Polka! All Night Long, Living on Polka Time; Get Hot or Go Home: Vintage RCA Rockabilly '56-'59, Vols. 1 & 2; Hank Locklin's Please Help Me I'm Falling; Ronnie McDowell's Greatest Tribute to the King; Lefty Frizzell's Life's Like Poetry; Charlie McCoy's Out on a Limb; and Duane Eddy's Twangin' From Phoenix to L.A. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi