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Bosom of Abraham

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(Johnson, McFaddan & Brooks)

Information:
Bosom of Abraham was written by William Johnson, George McFaddan and Ted Brooks in the late 1940s. One of the first recordings was by the Trumpeteers (Score 5031). In 1954 the Jordanaires recorded a version (Decca 29188).

Elvis recorded Bosom of Abraham on June 9 or 10, 1971, at RCA's Nashville studios. His single release failed to chart. About ten thousand copies of the record were issued in which both sides played at 33 1/3 rpm instead of 45 rpm. RCA quickly recalled the unsold copies and corrected the problem. An April 1972 backstage performance of Bosom of Abraham with the Stamps was shown in the documentary Elvis On Tour.

Lyrics:

Well you rock my soul
Down in the bosom of Abraham
Rock, rock, rock down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks my soul down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks, hum-hum, oh yeah, oh Lawdy, Lord, oh rock my soul
Why don't you rock my soul
Won't you rock my soul down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks, rocks, rocks, down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks, hum-hum, oh yeah, oh Lawdy, Lord, oh rock my soul
Why don't you rock my soul 
Well a rich man lived, He lived so well
Children, when he died I'm at home in heaven
Why don't you rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks, rocks, rocks, down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks, hum-hum, oh yeah, oh Lawdy, Lord
Once again... (repeat)
 
Where it was released:
First released on single 
 

Singles:

- He Touched Me / Bosom of Abraham (RCA 74-0651) March 1972. Standard release. The pictures sleeves of this record listed the title as "The Bosom of Abraham", although the label listed it as Bosom of Abraham

 
LPs/CDs:
- He Touched Me (1972) 
- Amazing Grace - His Great Gospel Performances (1994) 
- Gospel Favourites (1997)
- Platinum - A Life In Music (1997)
- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 2 (1998)
- Peace In The Valley (2000)
- Elvis Gospel - Millennium Masters (2000)
- Easter Special (2001) - FTD 
- Lead Me, Guide Me (2001) - Provident
- Elvis Ultimate Gospel (2004)
- I Sing All Kinds (2007) - FTD  
 Amarillo '77 (2011) - FTD 
- He Touched Me (2011) - FTD 
 His Songs of Praise, Volume 2 (2017) - FTD 
 
Bootleg Releases:
- The King: From the Dark to the Light (1974)  Tiger Records
- America's Own (1979)  Geneva, 2 LPs
- Elvis On Tour (1980)  Amiga Records