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Up above my head

COVERED BY ELVIS

Up Above My Head


recording date elvis: Saturday, 22 June 1968; Studio
first release:


originally by: Southern Sons

recording date: 25 july 1941
originally written by:
catalognumber: 8839
label: bluebird




Many sources (and, indeed, her own recordings) list Sister Rosetta Tharpe as reponsible for both music and words for this number. However, Tharpe's own version was only recorded in 1947, whereas the recording by the Southern Sons from 1941 is clearly the same number, even if it has the different title of "Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air."
Shortly after William Langford left the Golden Gate Quartet, he joined the Southern Sons. He used his connections to get a recording session for the group, which was held on 25 July, 1941, in the Victor studios in New York. Members of the group were James Baxter (tenor and guitar), Charles Wesley Hill (baritone), and Clifford Givens (bass), as well as Langford himself (tenor). One of the numbers the Southern Sons included at the session was their original version of "Above My Head," which was released that same year on Bluebird B8839.


Up Above My Head

performed by:
Southern Sons

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Up Above My Head
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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