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I, john

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I, John


recording date elvis: wednesday 9 june ( 1971 ) ; studio
first release:


originally by: Arizona Dranes

recording date: 17 june 1926
originally written by: johnson;McFadden;brooks
catalognumber: okeh
label: 8352






Here's a song that doesn't let its origins be easily found! This version was written in 1961 and the earliest recording that I can find was released in 1962 on an LP called "A Festival Of Spiritual Songs" on the King label by the "Mighty Faith Increasers". The track was then called "I John Saw A Mighty Number." Not all sources agree on the authorship of the number, and in Jorgensen's "A Life In Music," the number is listed on p.205 as having been written by William Gaither. Similarly-titled songs ("John Saw a Mighty Number," "John Saw De Holy Number," etc.) were already included in the earliest collections of negro Spirituals, dating from the 1870s. Recordings made prior to 1961 exist with such titles and one of these, "John Said He Saw A Number," by Arizona Dranes, Sara Martin and Richard M. Jones, is clearly at least a major inspiration for "I, John," if not the "real" original. The recording was made on 17 June 1926 in Chicago and was released on the Okeh label, number 8352. The lyrics are based on the biblical text Revelation 21.


John said he saw a number
performed by:
The Arizona Dranes

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I,John
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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