Just a Closer Walk With Thee
November 15, 2015 § Leave a comment
Right-Click to Save The original author of this hymn is unknown, but evidence suggests it was first heard on the plantations in the South. While working in the fields, slaves were heard singing a song about walking by the Lord’s side. It wasn’t actually put on a record label until 1941 by the Selah Jubilee Singers, but it didn’t reach the ears of very many people. Red Foley sold a million copies in 1941, but it really didn’t get heard until Tennessee Ernie Ford put his incredible voice to the melody in the late 1950’s. And it didn’t hurt that Elvis recorded it either. By 1970, over one hundred artists had recorded “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” with some degree of success.
I thought it would make a nice addition to the Sacred/Gospel Instrumentals list. I hear it like Fats Domino might have done it, so it’s an interpretation you’ve never heard and might not like. I hope that’s not so…