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Legendary vocalist Ed Enoch and The Stamps Quartet will visit Smithville Saturday, playing two shows at the county complex on Saturday as part  of “Elvis: Aloha 40,” a celebration of Elvis Week.
Enoch has backed artists as diverse as Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Conway Twitty, Ferlin Husky, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, B.J. Thomas, Jerry Reed, Faron Young, Ronnie McDowell, Al Green and, of course, Elvis Presley.
Ed grew up in a small town east of Nashville, and joined the Stamps in 1969 as baritone vocalist, later becoming lead vocalist and road manager for the group.  
The Stamps Quartet began working as back up vocalists for Presley  in February 1971.
They toured and recorded with Elvis until his death in August 1977.
“There has never been another singer like Elvis,” Enoch told the Review in a phone interview last week. “I have worked with some of the most talented people in the world, and he was the best.
“Our lives are an opportunity for us to render what talent we have. We just put it out there, and the audience receives what they can from it,” he said.
Enoch said the Stamps strive to maintain the sound they have become famous for over the years.
“The Stamps are more than just me. It is a particular sound, and no one person could do it alone,” he shared. “My ego is not involved, and I don’t do it to hear people tell me how great I am. What matters to me is that I can go on stage every night and hear that sound, and that it is the same sound that someone who heard the Stamps many years ago heard.”
He said that while the show Saturday will be his first opportunity to entertain in Smithville, it will not be his first visit.
“I am excited to come back to Smithville. I have actually been there many times before to enjoy the lake, and it is a wonderful town,” Enoch said.
“Elvis: Aloha 40” will take place in the auditorium at the county complex on Congress Boulevard.
There will be two shows on Aug. 10, a matinee show at 2:30 p.m., and a second show at 7 p.m. that evening.
Tickets for the event are $20 per person in advance, and $25 at the door the day of the show.
Tickets may be purchased at the county complex, or by calling (615) 597-2121.
The shows will double as a fundraiser to help purchase a curtain for the stage in the  auditorium.
The event was organized by Smithville native Tim Colwell, who has worked with the Stamps Quartet as part of country singer Ronnie McDowell's touring group.
“Elvis: Aloha 40” will not only feature a performance by the Stamps, the set will be followed by a full-on Elvis tribute show, with the group providing the back-up vocals.
Smithville resident Tom Duggin will handle the vocals for the Elvis tribute,  backed by Colwell and a local group of musicians known as “TCB.”
The show will feature a brass ensemble and female back-up singers as well as the core musicians and the Stamps Quartet.
A Hawaiian meal will be served by Social Blendz Cafe.

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