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John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  The Long Shot on Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:50 am

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Voice Type: Range-Wanking Bass
Vocal Range: G0-C♯4

Significant High Notes:

C♯4: "He'll Hold My Hand", "Old Man River"
B♭3: "Goodbye World, Goodbye"
A3: "He'll Hold My Hand", "Tell Me The Story Again"
G♯3: "Victory Road"
G3: "Turn Your Radio On"
F♯3: "A Beautiful Life (Blackwood Brothers Version)", "He'll Hold My Hand", "My Way", "Old Time Religion", "The Sweetest Words He Ever Said"
F3: "Just A Little Talk With Jesus", "Minute By Minute", "When He Blessed My Soul", "You'll Never Walk Alone"
E3: "Give The World A Smile", "Glory Glory Clear The Road", "He'll Hold My Hand", "I Can Tell You the Time", "My Way", "Victory Road"
E♭3: "Dig a Little Deeper", "The Haven of Rest", "Keep Walking", "Old Time Religion", "Somebody Loves Me", "Thank God I Am Free", "Walk That Lonesome Road", "Wonderful Time Up There"
D3: "American Trilogy", "I'm Working On A Building", "Just a Little Talk With Jesus", "The Lighthouse", "Nearer My God to Thee", "Now I Have Everything", "Peace in the Valley", "Turn Your Radio On"
C♯3: "A Christmas Carol of Love", "Glory Glory Clear The Road", "He'll Hold My Hand", "Heaven On Earth", "Old Time Religion", "Rainbow of Love (Original Stamps Version)", "Thank God I Am Free"
C3: "Give The World A Smile", "God Made A Way", "I Can Tell You the Time", "I'm Telling The World About His Love", "Heaven On Earth", "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus", "Old Man River", "Precious Memories", "Sweetest Song I Know", "The Unclouded Day"

Significant Low Notes:

C2: "I Can Tell You the Time", "Just A Little Talk With Jesus (Gaither Version)", "The Lighthouse", "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus", "Sweetest Song I Know", "Victory Road", "Way Down", "Wonderful Time Up There"
B1: "A Beautiful Life", "Dig a Little Deeper", "I Just Steal Away And Pray"
B♭1: "American Trilogy", "A Christmas Carol of Love", "The Haven of Rest", "Heaven On Earth", "I'm Telling The World About His Love", "I'm Working On A Building", "Nearer My God to Thee", "Peace in the Valley", "Rainbow of Love", "There's A Light", "When God's Chariot Comes", "Where Could I Go?"
A1: "Everybody Will Be Happy Over There", "God Made A Way", "Heaven On Earth", "My Way", "Now I Have Everything", "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "There's A Light"
G♯1: "A Christmas Carol of Love", "Crown Him King", "Give The World A Smile", "Goodbye World, Goodbye", "Minute By Minute", "Old Man River", "Old Time Religion", "Precious Memories", "Rainbow of Love (Original Stamps Version)", "Sweetest Song I Know", "These Hands", "Where Could I Go?"
G1: "Anytime, Anywhere", "Give The World A Smile", "Just A Little Talk With Jesus", "Keep Walking", "The Keys To The Kingdom", "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus", "Peace in the Valley", "There's A Light", "Turn Your Radio On Intro", "Sweetest Song I Know", "Walk Them Golden Stairs", "Why Me Lord"
F♯1: "A Christmas Carol of Love", "Dig a Little Deeper", "I Can Tell You the Time", "Let Us Break Bread Together", "Old Time Religion", "Rainbow of Love (Original Stamps Version)", "Summertime", "The Sweetest Words He Ever Said"
F1: "American Trilogy", "Blessed Assurance", "Give The World A Smile", "Heaven On Earth", "Hide Me, Rock of Ages", "I Just Steal Away And Pray", "I'm Working On A Building", "Just A Little Talk With Jesus (Live 1991)", "Let Us Break Bread Together", "Peace in the Valley", "Rainbow of Love (live)", "When God's Chariot Comes", "When He Blessed My Soul"
E1: "Amen", "A Beautiful Life", "God Made A Way", "He Means The World To Me", "I'm Telling The World About His Love", "Oh Happy Day, When Jesus Washed My Sins Away", "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "There's A Light"
E♭1: "Anytime, Anywhere", "A Christmas Carol of Love", "For Jesus Is There", "I'm Gonna Keep on Singing (Live 1991)", "Just A Little Talk With Jesus (Gaither Version)", "Old Man River", "One By One", "Rainbow of Love (Original Stamps Version)", "Turn Your Radio On", "Walk That Lonesome Road", "Why Me Lord"
D1: "Anytime, Anywhere", "God Made A Way"
C♯1: "Just A Little Talk With Jesus", "Rainbow of Love"
C1: "Blessed Assurance", "Tell Me The Story Again", "Way Down", "You'll Never Walk Alone"
G0: "Amen (Live with Elvis @ Tuscaloosa 8/30/1976)"

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*Italics mark non-sung notes.
*Underlines mark notes found in backing vocals/harmonies.


One of the lowest bass singers of all time, singing bass/lead with his group The Stamps for over 40 years (also sang with the Masters V Quartet, sang backing for Elvis during the mid-70's, and appeared in many Gaither Homecoming videos during the late 80's and 90's). Held the Guinness World Record for lowest note ever produced for almost a decade, the record being set by his C1 from the song "Blessed Assurance" (though he has hit as low as G♯0 in recordings, allegedly as low as F0). A combination of unusually long vocal cords, a height of 6'5", and years and years of chain smoking left his voice seemingly stuck in the first to second octave for much of his life (in most of his interviews, his speaking voice often hung around G1-C2). Not the most, erm, musically satisfying singer, but his voice is nevertheless such an anomaly that it's worth commenting on if nothing else.

If you have any other notes that I need to be aware of, don't hesitate to reply!

Old OP:


Voice type: Bass
Sung range: B♭0-C♯4
Total range: B♭0-F4

Significant high notes:

F4 ("In That Land")
C♯4 ("When I Travel My Last Mile", "Old Man River")

Significant low notes:

B♭0 (Live improv 1977 Elvis concert)
C1 ("Way Down", "I'll Have a New Life", "You'll Never Walk Alone")
D1 ("Walk That Lonesome Road", "Anytime Anywhere", "Christmas Carol of Love", "One By One")
E♭1 ("Old Man River", "He Means the World To Me", "Turn Your Radio On", "A Beautiful Life", "Rainbow of Love")
E1 ("Poor Wayfaring Stranger")
F1 ("Give the World a Smile", "I Just Steal Away and Pray", "When He Blessed My Soul", "For Jesus Is There", "I'm Working on a Building", "Let Us Break Bread Together")
F♯1 ("Turn Your Radio On", "The Sweetest Words He Ever Said")
G1 ("The Key to the Kingdom", "There's a Light")
G♯1 ("Minute by Minute", "Walk That Lonesome Road")
A1 ("Now I Have Everything")
B♭1 ("There's a Light", "Rainbow of Love")

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.


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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Celice on Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:16 am

Probably the only singer on TRP to have C3 listed as a high note Smile
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  AxelFuentes on Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:39 am

Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap
Longshot, you are the man.
IMO, His voice should be "Range-wanking Basso Profundo," but hey, your thread Thumb up
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Toast on Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:35 pm

I'm pretty sure that his low note is actually a G0. That's what I got out of chipmunking it on Audacity, anyway.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Hopscotch on Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:58 pm

The high notes section looks way better filled out this way. I'd recommend extending his lows up to at least C2 though; the "Way Down" ones are surely worthy of inclusion imo.

Also I've never been able to get anything lower than B♭0 from that live improv note, personally.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  AxelFuentes on Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:26 pm

I chipmunkd it and I got G♯0 Eh
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  The Long Shot on Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:11 pm



I'm trying to see if I can find the concert from which the G♯0 is from. I came close here: at 14:35 I hear J.D. touch on a C1 briefly before sustaining a D1.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  The Long Shot on Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:18 pm



Oh wait, nvm...that was easy. Note's at 4:35 here.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  The Long Shot on Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:43 pm



10:10: I hear this one touch on a B0, any other opinions? It's the closest I've seen JD come to replicating the Tuscaloosa note.

EDIT: Last thing about Mr. Sumner, I promise. I double-checked that lowest note with my patented "chipmunking" technique and it does in fact touch on G0. Note that there are two versions of the clip on YouTube: the one I linked in the post above is actually pitched up a half-step. The one on thebassmanadam's channel is in fact the correct pitch.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  AxelFuentes on Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:52 pm

Hey wasn't there an F4 crack in a song or something? Do we know anything about that?
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Molandfreak on Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:35 pm

AxelFuentes wrote:Hey wasn't there an F4 crack in a song or something? Do we know anything about that?
I don't know where it is, but Hopscotch said it wasn't worth our time.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  The Long Shot on Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:35 am

Top 10 J.D. Sumner Bass Slides
1. Amen (Live with Elvis @ Tuscaloosa 8/30/1976) (G2-G0)
2. Rainbow of Love (Live) (F3-F1)
3. Turn Your Radio On (C♯2-E♭1)
4. You'll Never Walk Alone (C2-C1)
5. Tell Me the Story Again (A3-C1)
6. For Jesus Is There (C3-E♭1)
7. Walk That Lonesome Road (E♭2-E♭1)
8. Poor Wayfaring Stranger (D2-E1)
9. Just A Little Talk With Jesus (C2-E♭1)
10. Crown Him King (G♯2-G♯1)
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  CoolBeans on Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:32 pm

The Long Shot wrote:Top 10 J.D. Sumner Bass Slides
1. Amen (Live with Elvis @ Tuscaloosa 8/30/1976) (G2-G0)
2. Rainbow of Love (Live) (F3-F1)
3. Turn Your Radio On (C♯2-E♭1)
4. You'll Never Walk Alone (C2-C1)
5. Tell Me the Story Again (A3-C1)
6. For Jesus Is There (C3-E♭1)
7. Walk That Lonesome Road (E♭2-E♭1)
8. Poor Wayfaring Stranger (D2-E1)
9. Just A Little Talk With Jesus (C2-E♭1)
10. Crown Him King (G♯2-G♯1)

The "Turn Your Radio On" one is my personal favorite. Very Happy
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Toast on Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:42 pm

How about at around 46 seconds in this video? It sounds like he touches an A0 after a cut in the audio (that's what I'm getting from chipmunking it anyway). I don't know what performance it's from, though.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  CoolBeans on Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:31 pm

I'm hearing that as a G#0. The song is "Walk That Lonesome Road;" not sure about the location, though.
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Mattpilf on Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:36 pm

Celice wrote:Probably the only singer on TRP to have C3 listed as a high note Smile

And probably the only one where Db2 does not qualify as a low note.

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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  Greasy Bassman on Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:12 am

He is actually not the only one with a C3 for a high note. Richard Sterban has a C3 as well!

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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  WLord1310 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:27 am



3:02 Clear Bb3 and G#3, bass slide to G#1.
4:56 F3?
5:02 He reaches a higher note than C3 there, but cannot identify it.
8:40, 8:53 Powerful F2-F1 slides.
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Post  WLord1310 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:49 am


0:23, 0:32, 1:51 F#1
0:26, 1:53 D1
1:39 E1?


Bb1 at the beginning and at 1:42
1:33 Slide down to F1 I think.
2:43 Eb3
4:18 C2


1:05 The bass singers went G3-D3-B2-G2, there's a probability J.D. sang the first note.
1:36, 1:46 C3
2:32, 3:25 E3
2:54, 3:44 A1
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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  IKnowNothing on Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:52 am

https://www.facebook.com/469489349762004/videos/894389723938629
He sang the end bit of Asleep in the Deep for teh lulz.

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Re: John Daniel "J.D." Sumner

Post  WLord1310 on Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:10 pm

I think I'm posting too much:


Eb3s and G3s (1:14)




1:01-1:26 Funny C2s
2:01 F1 (mmmbummm)



1:33 Strong D3, reaches G1 when saying “Yeah!”
2:53 G1-F1
3:06, 3:30 Bb1



2:09 G1-Bb1, also many C2s around the song.



0:34 1:21 E3
0:26, 0:52, 1:08, 1:35 Strong G1s
1:56 F3
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