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For the album by Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae, see Peace in the Valley (Jo Stafford album) or the album by Daniel O'Donnell, see Peace in the Valley (Daniel O'Donnell album).
"Peace in the Valley"
Song by Mahalia Jackson
Published 1937
Released 1937
Genre Christian music
Writer Thomas A. Dorsey
Cover versions

Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Screaming Trees, Faith Hill

"Peace in the Valley" is a 1937 song written by Thomas A. Dorsey, originally for Mahalia Jackson. The song became a hit in 1951 for Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys, reaching No. 7 on the Country & Western Best Seller chart[1]. It was among the first gospel recordings to sell one million copies. Foley's version was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.[2]

The list of other artists who have performed the song is lengthy, with other popular renditions by Elvis Presley (with backing by The Jordanaires); Johnny Cash from his At San Quentin live album; Loretta Lynn; Screaming Trees, as a B-side to their "Dollar Bill" single; Ronnie Milsap; and most recently, Faith Hill, for a concert special.

External links


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 124. 
  2. ^ The National Recording Registry 2006



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