Down In The Valley

Album: Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (1962)
Charted: 71

Songfacts®:

  • Solomon Burke told Mojo magazine August 2008: "I wrote that on the train, 'cos I had no song and I started thinking on old songs that I could do uptempo and I thought, (sings gospel song pacier, with horn arrangement) so I had to keep that in my head 'til I got to the studio. I said, 'Can I have a tuba like I have in my church?' In my church we got the tuba and the trombones. Got to get that New Orleans sound. They loved it."
  • This was covered by Otis Redding on his 1965 album Otis Blue.

Comments: 2

  • Budoshi from Sandnessjøen, NorwayJerry Garcia sang a great version of "Down in the Valley". Well worth a listen..
  • Mike from Franklin County, PaThis song is actually a popular historical gospel song of the American Old West . Many of the Cowboys when riding on their horses across the prairies , would sing this song to themselves . It's still is a popular song among the cowboys .
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