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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)
La La Brooks of The Crystals
The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."
Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
"Great songwriters don't necessarily have hit songs," says Chris. He's written a bunch, but his fans are more interested in the intricate jams.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?