How Great Thou Art became Elvis’ first album release of 1967 when it hit record stores that February. The LP, recorded May 1966 in Nashville, featured the following songs:
- How Great Thou Art
- In The Garden
- Somebody Bigger Than You And I
- Farther Along
- Stand By Me
- Without Him
- So High
- Where Could I Go But To The Lord
- By And By
- If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side
- Run On
- Where No One Stands Alone
- Crying In The Chapel (October 1960)
Though he had been nominated ten times in the past, Elvis went on to earn his first Grammy award for the How Great Thou Art album, which won for Best Sacred Performance of 1967. By March 1968, How Great Thou Art had also sold enough copies to earn a gold record.
After the lean years of 1964 and 1965, arguably the low points of his entire recording career, Elvis fired the opening salvos of what eventually became his comeback during that May 1966 session. How Great Thou Art features many moving performances, perhaps none more so than the title song. It also showcases the raucous energy of “Run On,” a song that rocked more than any of his recent secular efforts.
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- Elvis Presley: A Life In Music – The Complete Recording Sessions by Ernst Jorgensen, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1998.
- Billboard, Vol. 80, No. 13, Billboard Publications, Inc., March 30, 1968.
- ELVIS: His Life From A To Z by Fred Worth and Steve Tamerius, Wings Books, New York, 1992.
Throughout 2011, The Mystery Train is commemorating the 44th anniversary of 1967. Why? Riders of this train love exploring Elvis’ entire career, not just the 1950s. Find out more here.
Love this album, always liked live version of how great thou art, over studio version, but run on is my favorite song hands down on this album! Rockin’ gospel from The King!! Thanks Ty!! TCB…..
Hey George, thanks for posting. Though I like the live version, too (which, of course, won Elvis his third and final Grammy), it’s hard to beat the power of the studio version on this one. Jerry Schilling’s description of its recording in Me and a Guy Named Elvis is a must-read.