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The Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was written in Swedish by Carl Gustav Boberg in 1885. It was originally titled “O Store Gud”. In 1925, Stuart K. Hine, an English missionary in Ukraine, heard a Russian version of the song and was inspired to translate it into English.
Elvis Presley recorded his version of “How Great Thou Art” in May 1966. It was released on his second gospel album, How Great Thou Art, in March 1967. The album was a huge success, reaching number one on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200 chart. The single “How Great Thou Art” also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number three on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.
Presley’s version of “How Great Thou Art” is widely considered to be one of the greatest gospel recordings ever made. It is a powerful and moving rendition of the hymn, and Presley’s vocals are simply stunning. The song has been covered by many other artists over the years, but Presley’s version remains the definitive one.
In addition to being a commercial success, Presley’s recording of “How Great Thou Art” was also a significant cultural moment. It helped to legitimize gospel music in the mainstream and showed that Elvis Presley was more than just a rock and roll star. He was also a devout Christian who was not afraid to sing about his faith.
Presley’s recording of “How Great Thou Art” has had a lasting impact on popular culture. It has been used in countless films, television shows, and commercials. It has also been performed at many major events, including the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
In 2002, Presley’s recording of “How Great Thou Art” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It is a true classic that continues to inspire and uplift people all over the world.
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