Elvis – How Great Thou Art
Many people have an intimate knowledge of Elvis’ more popular songs. But not everyone has that same knowledge of his gospel music. In fact, Elvis was influenced by gospel from a very young age. Story has it that at two years old, he would frequently even try to run up on stage with the church choir to perform.
This hymn, originally written by Swedish poet Carl Gustav Boberg, was arranged by Presley and is the title track of Elvis’ second gospel album “How Great Thou Art.” This song won a Grammy in 1967 for Best Sacred Performance.
I recently traveled to Nashville and actually had the privilege of touring and recording in studio B at RCA studios, which is where this song was recorded. The highlight of the tour was when the producer there turned the lights down and played this song over the original speakers.