On this Elvis Presley Gospel Songs page you'll find four acoustic guitar demos along with free pdf chord sheets, rhythm tips and more. I'm limited to four or five videos per page to the embedded videos allow for faster page loading.
There isn't much information out there about this particular song except to say that it was written by a southern gospel piano player by the Henry Slaughter. Elvis decided to record this one for his 1967 gospel album entitled "How Great Thou Art". As far as I know, there was no single release of this song but Elvis did win a Grammy in 1968 for Best Inspirational Performance for the main song.
Elvis recorded this song in Oct of 1960 but there is little else info on the song except to say it's believed to have been written in the late 1860s. It was first recorded by Harrods Jubilee Singers in 1922 and again by Paul Robeson in 1925.
This song was co-written by 3 writers and became a track on the 1969 album From Elvis In Memphis. Elvis still had one last movie to star in and record for called Change Of Habit. That was to happen beginning in Apr of 1969. This album was recorded a few months earlier in Jan and Feb from a studio in Memphis, hence the name of the album. This period was right after his 1969 Comeback Special. 4 singles came from the album, but this song was not one of them.
Gene MacLellan from Prince Edward Island wrote this song back in the late 60's or early 70's. He wrote Snowbird which became Anne Murray's first big hit and Anne also covered this song along with a Canadian band called Ocean. Elvis liked this one enough to cover it also. So did Loterrta Lynn, Bing Crosby and Lynn Anderson.
I bet Gene was the only Canadian songwriter that had Elvis Presley cover not 1, but 2 of his songs. Sadly he committed suicide from depression at age 55 in 1995.
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