The song, Peace in the Valley was written in 1937 by Tommy Dorsey and made famous in 1951 when Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys recording it shot it to #7 on the Country and Western Best Seller chart. It was among the first gospel recordings to sell one million copies. Elvis Presley made it a country-pop favorite in 1957. And many others have brought it back to life over and over.
When I was 9-yrs old, I would gaze in the full-length mirror in my grandmother’s bedroom singing along with Elvis about Peace in the Valley. Using a hairbrush for a microphone, I would listen to him sing from a tiny 45-rpm record player. I would croon along, pretending I was his back-up singer and a great recording artist. My grandmother loved listening to Elvis sing the old hymns and this one was especially sweet.
Peace in the Valley….Happiness all around. Surprises in every corner of the surrounding hills, trees, and rocks. When I think of a peaceful place I think of a setting such as this. Tucked in the countryside with a stream of clear water nearby.
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