"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 [1 Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys, reaching No. 7 on the Country & Western Best Seller chart. ] It was among the first [2 gospel recordings to SELL one million copies. Foley's version was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. ] [3
After the success of Red Foley's interpretation,
Jo Stafford recorded the song for her 1954 gospel album . Because of the rendition by Garden of Prayer Elvis Presley (with backing by the Jordanaires on his first Christmas album) in 1957 the song forever became a country-pop favorite. Since then it was covered by: Little Richard on his 1961 Quincy Jones-produced gospel album It's Real, Connie Francis on her 1961 album Sing Along with Connie Francis; Johnny Cash on his live album; At San Quentin Loretta Lynn; Dolly Parton; Screaming Trees, as a B-side to their DOLLAR Bill" SINGLE; Ronnie Milsap; Art Greenhaw with the Jordanaires, Tom Brumley and the Light Crust Doughboys for the Grammy-Nominated album starring Ann-Margret TITLED God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions ] and [4 Faith Hill, for a concert special.
"Peace in the Valley" was sung by Eddie Clendening, portraying Elvis Presley, in the Broadway musical
Million Dollar Quartet, which opened in New York in April 2010. ] Eddie Clendening also covered the song on the [5 Million Dollar Quartet original Broadway cast album, copyright 2010 by MDQ Merchandising, LLC. ] [6