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Peace in the Valley

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Dorsey)

 

Information:
While Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey was travelling from Indiana to Cincinnati in 1939, the train he was on passed through a valley. Dorsey noticed how peaceful the animals on the farmlands seemed to be. That tranquil scene inspired him to write Peace in the Valley. The full title of the song is (There'll be) Peace in the Valley (for Me).

 

In 1951 Red Foley recorded a million-selling rendition of Peace in the Valley (Decca 46319) that was a #7 country hit. Decca Records reissued the single in 1957. The Stamps Quartet also recorded the song; their version (Columbia 20836) came out in 1952.

 

Elvis sang Peace in the Valley on his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show (January 6, 1957). One week later (January 13), he went to Radio Recorders in Hollywood to record the song. Take #9 is the RCA master. Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires played organ on the track. Based on its appearance in the EP Peace in the Valley, Peace in the Valley reached #39 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, staying on the chart for ten weeks.

 

On December 4, 1956, at the Million-Dollar-Quartet session, Peace in the Valley was one of the tunes the group sang.

 

Lyrics:
 

Oh well, I’m tired and so weary
But I must go alone
Till the Lord comes and calls, calls me away, oh yes
Well, the morning's so bright
And the Lamb is the light
And the night, night is as black as the sea, oh yes

1. There will be peace in the valley for me some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord, I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

Well, the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be led by a child
And I'll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

1. (repeat)

 

Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on EP »

 

EPs:

- Peace in the Valley (1957) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Christmas Album (1957) »

- Elvis Christmas Album (1958) »

- Elvis Christmas Album (1964) »

- You'll Never Walk Alone (1971) - Camden »

- Elvis - A Legendary Performer, Volume 1 (1974) »

- Double Dynamite (1975) - Pickwick »
- You'll Never Walk Alone (1975) »

- The Elvis Presley Collection (1976) »

- Elvis: His Songs of Inspiration (1977) »

– Pickwick Pack (1978) »

- Elvis Sings Inspirational Favorites (1979) »
- Country Classics (1980) »

- The Collection, Volume 1 (1986)

- Essential Elvis, Volume 2 – Stereo ’57 (1989)

- Gospel 1957-1972 – Known Only to Him (1989)

- Known Only to Him (1989)

- The Million Dollar Quartet (1990)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Amazing Grace – His Greatest Sacred Performances (1994)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum – Volume 1 (1998)

- Elvis Gospel – Millennium Masters (2000)

- Take my Hand: Gospel Favourites (2000)

- White Christmas (2000)

- Peace in the Valley (2000)

- It is No Secret (2001) – Provident

- Today Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- Christmas Peace (2003)

- Close Up (2003) – box set

- Elvis Ultimate Gospel (2004)

- Elvis By the Presleys (2005)

- Elvis Christmas (2006)

- You’ll Never Walk Alone (2006)

- The Complete Million Dollar Quartet (2006)

- Elvis Ultimate Gospel (2007)

- The Essential Elvis Presley (2007)

- Elvis' Christmas Album (2014) - FTD »

– His Songs of Praise, Volume 2 (2017) - FTD »

 

Bootleg Releases:

- The King Goes Wild (1975) - Wilde Productions

- From the Waist Up (1976) - Golden Archives

- The Million Dollar Quartet (1980) - Million Dollar Records

- The One Million Dollar Quartet (1987) - S Records

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