"Peace in the Valley" is a 1937 song written by Thomas A. Dorsey, originally for Mahalia Jackson.[1] The song became a hit in 1951 for Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys, reaching No. 7 on the Country & Western Best Seller chart.[2] It was among the first gospel recordings toSELL one million copies. Foley's version was a 2006 entry into the Library of CongressNational Recording Registry.[3]

After the success of Red Foley's interpretation, Jo Stafford recorded the song for her 1954 gospel albumGarden of Prayer. Because of the rendition by Elvis Presley (with backing by the Jordanaires on his firstChristmas 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 RealConnie Francis on her 1961 album Sing Along with Connie FrancisJohnny Cash on his At San Quentin live album; Loretta LynnDolly Parton;Screaming Trees, as a B-side to their DOLLAR Bill"SINGLERonnie MilsapArt Greenhaw with the JordanairesTom Brumley and the Light Crust Doughboys for the Grammy-Nominated album starring Ann-MargretTITLED God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions[4] and 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.[5] Eddie Clendening also covered the song on the Million Dollar Quartet original Broadway cast album, copyright 2010 by MDQ Merchandising, LLC.[6]

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