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Nearer my god to thee

COVERED BY ELVIS

Nearer My God To Thee


recording date elvis: friday, 31 march 1972; Informal
release: Amazing Grace (CD2)


originally by: Various

recording year: 1896
originally written by: flower;mason
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The version by Elvis is a rehearsal recording, never intended for release.
Poet Sarah Flower (Sarah Fuller Flower Adams) wrote the verses used in this hymn in 1841. Different tunes are used with the words, depending on location and persuasion: in the UK the tune "Horbury," composed by John Dykes, is preferred, but in the US Lowell Mason's "Bethany" is used, so I assume this is what Elvis sings. Flower was an early feminist and the confusion about the tunes (and which was played—or not, as the case may be—on the Titanic as it was sinking) merits a look at this site. The original version of "Nearer My God To Thee" was recorded in 1896, though exactly who gets the honours is uncertain; at least four candidates recorded the number that year: J. W. Myers on a 7" single-sided disc, Berliner 915 (recording made 4 May 1896), Len Spencer and Roger Harding on Columbia, the Edison Concert Band on Edison, and the U.S. Marine Band on Columbia Phonograph Co, cylinder 376.


Nearer My God To Thee
performed by:
Various

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Nearer My God To Thee
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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