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Up Above My Head


(Earl Brown / Tharpe)



Sister Rosetta Tharpe wrote Up Above My Head in 1949. Trumpet player Al Hirt had a vocal version in 1964 (RCA 47-8439) that reached #12 on Billboard's Easy-Listening chart and #85 on the Hot 100. For Elvis's 1968 TV special, W. Earl Brown adapted the gospel tune for the big production sequence. The instrumental track was recorded on June 20 or 21, 1968, at Western Recorders in Hollywood. Elvis's vocal was either done on the same occasion or on June 30. On the TV special, Up Above My Head was sung in a gospel medley that included Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Where Could I Go but to the Lord, and Saved.



Up above my head there is music in the air

Up above my head there is music in the air
Up above my head there is music in the air, oh yeah!
And I really do believe, I really do believe
I really do believe there's a heaven somewhere
There's a heaven somewhere


Where it was released:

First released on NBC TV Special 



- NBC TV Special (1968)

Elvis NBC TV Special (1981)

- Memories of the 68 Comeback Special (1998)

- Peace in the Valley (2000)

- Elvis NBC TV Special The Vinyl Classics Edition (2005)

- Let Yourself Go (2006) FTD

- The Complete 68 Comeback Special (2008)

- I Believe: The Gospel Masters (2009)

NBC-TV Special (2016) - FTD


Bootleg Releases:

- The '68 Comeback (1976) - Memphis Records

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