1957 Elvis – (There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
In January 1957, Elvis recorded four gospel songs that were released together on an EP. The Blue Moon Boys provided instrumental backup while the Jordanaires added backup vocals. The four songs were all classic gospel tunes: (There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me), It’s No Secret (What God Can Do), I Believe, and Take My Hand, Precious Lord.
Thomas A. Dorsey wrote (There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) for Mahalia Jackson in 1939. Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys released the song as a single in 1951 and it became the first gospel single to sell over a million copies.
Elvis released his version of the song later in 1957 and it did well enough to reach #25 on the Hot 100 in May. He sang the song as part of his third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1957 proved to be a successful year for Elvis; four of his singles reached #1 on the Hot 100.
His record company added some new and traditional Christmas songs to the four gospel songs and created the first Elvis Christmas album near the end of 1957.
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