About Peace in the Valley
“Peace in the Valley” is a 1937 song written by Thomas A. Dorsey, originally for Mahalia Jackson. The song became a hit in 1951 for Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys, reaching number seven on the Country & Western Best Seller chart. It was among the first gospel recordings to sell one million copies. Foley”s version was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress” National Recording Registry. In 1950, it was one of the first songs recorded by a young Sam Cooke, during his tenure as lead singer of the Soul Stirrers. After the success of Red Foley”s interpretation, Jo Stafford recorded the song for her 1954 gospel album Garden of Prayer. The song achieved enormous celebrity during Elvis Presley”s third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on January 6 of 1957. Before an audience estimated at 54.6 million viewers, Presley closed the show by dedicating the song to the 250,000 refugees fleeing Hungary after the 24 and 31 October 1956 double-invasion of that country by the Soviet Union. Because he also requested that immediate aid be sent to lessen their plight, the appeal in turn yielded contributions amounting to US$6 million, or the equivalent of US$49.5 million in today”s dollars.
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Over the next 11 months, the International Red Cross in Geneva, with the help of the US Air Force, organized the distribution of both perishables and non-perishables purchased with the above-mentioned funds (Swiss Francs 26.2 million, at the then 4.31 CHFR-US$ exchange) to the refugees in both Austria and England where they settled for life. On October 15, 1957, Presley”s first Christmas album, containing a master studio recording of the song, was released, topping the Billboard Charts for 4 weeks and selling in excess of three million copies, as certified by the RIAA on 15 July of 1999. Because of these extraordinary developments, István Tarlós, the Mayor of the city of Budapest, in 2011 and as a gesture of belated gratitude, named a park after him, as well as making him an honorary citizen. more »
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Oh well I”m tired and so weary but I must go alongTill my Lord comes and calls me calls me away oh yesOh well the morning”s so bright and the lamb is the lightAnd the night night is as black as the sea oh yesThere will be peace peace in the valley for me some dayThere will be peace in the valley for me oh Lord I prayThere”ll be no sadness no sorrow no troubles I”ll seeThere will be peace peace in the valley for meWell the bear will be gentle and the wolf will be tameAnd the lion shall lay down down by the lamb oh yesAnd the beast from the wild will be lead by little childAnd I”ll be changed changed from this creature that I am oh yesThere will be peace
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Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn (née Webb; born on April 14, 1932) is an American country-music singer-songwriter and author. Born in Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky, USA, to a coal-miner father. At the age of 14 she married, and soon she became pregnant. She moved to Washington state with her husband, Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. (1926–1996), nicknamed “Doo”. Their marriage was tumultuous; he had affairs, and she was headstrong; their life together helped to inspire her music. more »