Chatter and Chitter learned many of the old songs they perform from riding in the backseat of my car for so many years. These days they’re driving themselves around and my backseat is empty-something I’m still getting used to.
The old gospel song, Angels Rock Me to Sleep in the Cradle of Love is one they learned from a cd I used to listen to a lot. It was one of those compilation bluegrass gospel cds-I don’t even remember the name of it.
The version of the song on the cd was by The Bluegrass Cardinals. The girls would sing along-trying to do all the parts…including the bass.
According to Hymnary.org, Marion W. Easterling (1910-1989) wrote the song. Easterling was born in Birmingham Alabama. He frequented music schools and became a prolific songwriter.
Easterling became the youngest composer ever signed by the Stamps-Baxter Publishing Company in 1938. He was a well-known radio personality as well in those days and had a lengthy stint on WKLF’s America’s Favorites program.
Over the years, other notable performers have recorded the song including Bill Monroe, Johnnie & Jack, and Carl Story. Give The Pressley Girl’s version a listen if you have time.
Hope you enjoyed the song and the history!