JD Sumner on stage with Elvis Presley - In 1971, the Stamps were hired by Elvis Presley to tour and record. They backed Presley on each of his albums throughout the ’70s and appeared onstage during his televised concerts of the era. Sumner broke up the Stamps in 1980 but formed a new version by the end of the decade. J.D. Sumner, 73, passed away while on tour with the Stamps on November 16, 1998.