About the song
If you are a fan of Elvis Presley, you might have heard his gospel song “He Is My Everything”. But do you know the story behind this song and how Elvis came to record it? In this blog post, we will explore the history of this song and its meaning for Elvis and his fans.
The song “He Is My Everything” was written by Dallas Frazier, a country singer and songwriter who also wrote hits for George Jones, Connie Smith, Charlie Rich and others. Frazier was inspired by his Christian faith and his wife Dorothy, who was his childhood sweetheart. He said in an interview: “I wrote that song for my wife. She’s been my everything since I was 14 years old.”
The song was first recorded by Charlie Walker, a country singer and radio DJ, in 1968. Walker’s version was released as a single and reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Walker was also a friend of Elvis Presley and introduced him to Frazier’s songs.
Elvis Presley recorded “He Is My Everything” on June 9, 1971, at RCA Studio B in Nashville. It was one of the 15 gospel songs that he recorded for his album “He Touched Me”, which was released in April 1972. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance and sold over a million copies.
Elvis Presley had a deep love for gospel music since his childhood. He grew up listening to gospel quartets on the radio and singing in church. He said: “Since I was two years old, all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release.”
Elvis Presley often sang gospel songs backstage, in his dressing room, or at home with his friends and family. He also performed some gospel songs on stage, such as “How Great Thou Art”, “Peace in the Valley”, and “Where No One Stands Alone”. He said: “Gospel music is the purest thing there is on this earth.”
“He Is My Everything” is a song that expresses Elvis Presley’s faith and devotion to God. It is a song that reflects his gratitude for God’s guidance and protection throughout his life. It is also a song that resonates with many of his fans who share his beliefs and values.