Saturday, February 16, 2013

February 16: Elvis Presley's Gospel Awards

On this date in History ..... 1968:

Elvis Presley’s album, “How Great Thou Art” is certified gold. It went 2X Platinum in March 1992, and 3X Platinum in October 2010.  It won a Grammy for “Best Sacred Performance” category. In his lifetime, Elvis only won three Grammy awards and all three of them were for his gospel albums.

The church shown on the album cover is the First Church of Christ in Sandwich, Massachusets.
As described in The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Elvis was 'arguably the greatest white gospel singer of his time [and] really the last rock & roll artist to make gospel as vital a component of his musical personality as his secular songs'.” (quote source:


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