This was written by Artie Glenn. The song was first recorded in 1953 by Darrell Glenn, reaching the Top 10 of the charts. Its success resulted in several covers, including June Valli's and Rex Allen's, which also hit the pop Top 10. The Orioles and Ella Fitzgerald also recorded cover versions. It became a much performed song especially among gospel groups, and in 1960 Presley recorded a version at his 1960 gospel album Your Hand In Mine
sessions with his vocal backup group The Jordanaires and Floyd Cramer on piano. However its release was withheld because Colonel Parker wanted the publishing rights.
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by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires recalled, "Elvis was feeling really good that day. He fooled around with it and then he cut it in five minutes." In 1965 RCA released it as an Easter single and to their surprise it became Elvis' biggest single for over two years, giving his career a much needed shot in the arm.