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Tell me why ( just a closer walk with thee )


Tell Me Why
as long as I love

recording date: 15 march 1956
originally by: Marie Knight

originally written by: traditional;titus turner
catalognumber: 90069
label: wing

Other versions:
00-04-56 - The Crew cuts (Mercury 70890);
00-06-56 - Gale Storm (Dot 15474).

Lyrics And Music

recording date elvis: Saturday, 12 January 1957; Studio
first release:

"Just A Closer Walk With Thee" is a traditional American sacred song which became a million seller for Red Foley in 1950, though it had been recorded by Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1938 already. It is not impossible that "Tell Me Why" was based on this tune. Elvis was not the first artist to record, however. That honour goes to Marie Knight who had a regional hit with it in early 1956 on the Wing label, prompting a cover version by Gale Storm on Dot.
Several different songs have carried the title "Tell Me Why": The Four Aces in 1951, The Rob Roys in 1959 and The Beatles in 1964, all had totally different numbers by this name, but the original of Elvis's version seems to have been made by Marie Knight, who's version was released as her first single for her new label, Wings, in April 1956, backed with "As Long As I Have You" (#90069). Elvis's version, though recorded in 1957, was not released until 1966

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Comments: Just A Closer Walk With Thee / I'm in his care
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, vocal/own guitar with lucky millinder and his orchestra.
Recordingdate : 2 Dec 1941, Decca 8594, Decca Label

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