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Walk that lonesome valley


Walk That lonesome Valley

recording date: april 1925
originally by: The Jenkins Family

originally written by: Traditional
catalognumber: 40377
label: okeh

Lyrics And Music

recording date elvis: Tuesday, 4 December 1956; Informal
first release:

The Jenkins Family recorded their version of this old song in April 1925 Okeh as "That Lonesome Valley." The song has been recorded by many predominently country artists with varying lyirics and under numerous titles, including "Lonesome Valley," "I've Got To Walk The Lonesome Valley," "That Lonesome Valley," "Walk That Lonesome Valley," "Jesus Walked The Lonesome Valley" and "You Got To Walk That Lonesome Valey." Other artists known to have recorded the song include The Carter Family (1930) and The Monroe Brothers (1936). Elvis visited the Sun studios on December 4th and ended up in a jam session which has become legendary as the "Million Dollar Quartet." Actually, the quartet was a trio (Johnny Cash, the fourth, was present while pictures were being taken, but left before the recordings started according to most sources): Elvis, his friend Carl Perkins, and new Sun artist Jerry Lee Lewis. The three ended up in an informal jam session, which Sam Phillips wisely committed to tape. Most of the numbers sung were, like "Walk That Lonesome Valley," gospels. Jerry Lee sang lead on this track.

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