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Crying in the Chapel

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(Glenn)

Information:
Artie Glenn wrote Crying in the Chapel for his son, Darrell, who recorded it in 1953 (Valley 105). His recording reached #7 on the country chart and #9 on the Best-Selling Singles chart. Other popular recordings of Crying in the Chapel in 1953 included those by Rex Allen (Decca 28758), Sonny Til and the Orioles (Jubilee 5122) (a number one rhythm & blues hit), and June Valli (RCA 5368). The release by Rex Allen and June Valli were million-sellers. In 1957 Elvis’s girlfriend, Anita Wood, recorded Crying in the Chapel (ABC-Paramount 9747).

Elvis recorded Crying in the Chapel on October 31, 1960, at RCA’s Nashville studios. It remained unissued for five years. The 1965 single release reached #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. In May 1965, on the Easy-Listening chart, Crying in the Chapel replaced the instrumental Cast Your Fate to the Wind, by Sounds Orchestral, a number one. After a seven-week stay at the top, it was replaced by a Horst Jankowski instrumental, A Walk in the Black Forest. In England, Crying in the Chapel was number one for two weeks. It was Elvis’s first number one single since the advent of the Beatles. Worldwide sales exceeded one million copies.

Lyrics:

You saw me crying in the chapel
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
Now I'm happy with the Lord

Just a plain and simple chapel
Where humble people go to pray
I pray the Lord that I'll grow stronger
As I live from day to day

I've searched and I've searched
But I couldn't find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Now I'm happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
Yes, we gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord
You'll search and you'll search
But you'll never find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Then your burdens will be lighter
And you'll surely find the way

 

Where it was released:
Released for the first time on single »
 
Singles:

- Crying in the Chapel / I Believe in the Man in the Sky (RCA 447-0643) April 1965. Original gold series issue »

- Crying in the Chapel / I Believe in the Man in the Sky (RCA PB-11113) October 1977. One of the 15 singles included in the box set 15 Golden Records - 30 Golden Hits (RCA PP-11301).

 
LPs/CDs:

- How Great Thou Art (1967) »

- Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, Volume 1 (1970) »

- Elvis Forever (1974) »

– Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 3 (1976) »

- Elvis - A Collectors Edition (1976) »

- How Great Thou Art (1977) »
- Elvis: His Songs of Inspiration (1977) »

- Elvis: Memories (1978) »

- Worldwide Gold Award Hits, Parts 3 & 4 (1978) »

- Elvis Sings Inspirational Favorites (1979) »

- How Great Thou Art (1979) »
- Country Classics (1980) »

– It's Now Or Never (1981) - Camden »

- The Collection, Volume Three (1986)

- The Top Ten Hits (1987)

- Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances (1994)

- The Essential Collection (1994)

- All Time Greatest Hits (1997)

- Always Elvis: The Dutch Album (1997)

- Elvis Gospels – Millennium Masters (2000)

- Legendary Elvis Presley (2000)

- Peace In The Valley (2000)

- Take My Hand: Gospel Favourites (2000)

- The 50 Greatest Hits (2000)

- The Love Songs (2000) – Green Hill

- The Swedish Hit Collection (2000)

- 50 Years 50 Hits (2001)

- Greatest Hits (2001)

- He Is My Everything (2001) - Provident

- Best of Elvis Presley 2 (2001) – Zounds

- Elvis 60’s (2001)

- Elvis 30# 1 Hits (2002)

- Christmas Peace (2003)

- Elvis – Ultimate Gospel (2004)

- His Hand in Mine (2006) - FTD »

- How Great Thou Art (2010) - FTD »

– His Songs of Praise, Volume 1 (2016) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Long Lost Songs (1985) - Vault Records

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