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This song started out as a hymn written in 1885 by the Rev. Carl Boberg, a Swedish evangelist, who set it to a Swedish folk melody. The hymn was translated into German, then Russian, and when an English missionary Stuart Hine working in the Ukraine heard a native congregation sing the Russian words, he produced an English version. The hymn didn't gain worldwide popularity until it was incorporated into the services of the Billy Graham Crusades in the 1950s.
Elvis won his first Grammy for this: the 1967 Grammy for the Best Sacred, Religious or Inspirational Recording. Surprisingly, Elvis won only 3 Grammy Awards: for this, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1970 and another Best Sacred, Religious or Inspirational Recording for his album, He Touched Me in 1972. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
In honor of the 87-year-old Dobro player Brother Oswald, Vince Gill
performed this with a Dobro at the Grand Ole Opry in 1999. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Meet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum
Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.