The earliest known recording of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" was made by Emory Johnson, August 16, 1938, and released on the Decca label. The great American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson sung it at the funeral of Martin Luther King Junior in 1968, and it was sung at her funeral four years later by Aretha Franklin.
Nina Simone is one of the numerous artists to have recorded it; her 1968 version runs to a modest 1 minute 52 seconds; other versions are much longer.
In December 2008, the British born soul singer Micha Paris presented an edition of Songs Of Praise
for BBC Television in which she said it was the song that inspired her to sing gospel.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above