Appalachia Music

Crying In The Chapel

crying in the chapel

The song, Crying In The Chapel, is most often associated with Elvis Presley. However, the song’s composer wrote the song with someone else in mind.

Artie Glenn (1915-1994) was a musician as well as a songwriter. He penned the song, Crying In The Chapel for his son, Darrell. According to an entry on the Find A Grave website, Glenn was inspired to write the song after having spinal surgery. The serious ordeal caused Glenn to strive to live a more Godly life. After being released from the hospital and attending a local church the lyrics of the song came to him.

Glenn’s band, Rhythm Riders, played back up for Darrell who was still in high school. The song was a successful release for Darrell-it reached the top 10 on both the country chart as well as the Hot 100.

Other artists-Rex Allen, The Orioles, June Valli, Eddy Arnold, and of course Elvis also produced successful versions of the song.

Personally-I think Paul and Pap’s version is pretty good too. Check it out and see what you think.

Hope you enjoyed the song!

Tipper

*Source: Find A Grave: Artie Glenn

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15 Comments

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    Tom
    June 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Pap and Paul sound great as usual, a very fine version of a true classic! Would have loved to been there Saturday night to hear the Pressley girls. Bet they were fantastic as always!

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    RB Redmond
    June 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

    That’s a beautiful song, no matter who sings it – hard to hear it without getting a little weepy.
    God bless.
    RB
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    lynn legge
    June 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    ohh tipper i really love this post… and the chapel is so quaint.. there in the woods… and the song.. makes me nostalgic.. for some reason.. sigh.. the boys sing so beautiful together.. always makes me smile and hum along..
    much love to you and yours..
    xox
    lynn

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    Bradley
    June 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Paul and Pap did great; I guess they have that thing you referred to as “IT”. Nice rendition and bet Elvis would have loved it.
    My wife and I have always been Elvis fans. To me he was best when Scotty played guitar on his records. We saw Elvis in concert at The Omni in Atlanta one hot summer night and believe me that night he was alright Mama! Had front row seats!!!

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    Ken
    June 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Tipper,
    That was as good as I’ve ever heard
    “Crying in the Chapel”. When I saw
    Paul and Pap and the Blind Pig Gang at the old Blairsville Courthouse singing “Until Then”, that just seemed to trump them all. And the Harmony of them Pressley Girls make those cold chills run up and down the spine. Maybe it’s because I have two daughters, but somehow it just fits…Ken

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    June 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Tipper: i enjoyed very much pap and pauls rendition of that fine song. another very good one was by the platters. thanks for the great work. k.o.h

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    Ed Ammons
    June 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Yeeeees! The widgets are working again. Not only do you have new songs in the playlist but I can open “related articles” without opening a new window AND without losing my place on the playlist. THANKS!

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    b. Ruth
    June 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Tipper,
    Pap and Paul did a wonderful job on the song. “Crying in the Chapel” is one of my favorite songs. It is one of those songs that get in your head and stays all day after hearing it.
    Do be honest I don’t remember Elvis singing the song. All I remember was the original. You won’t believe this but I really wasn’t a fan of Elvis when he became a hit in the fifties. We never thought he would last, after watching him on the Ed Sullivan Show on our little black and white first TV, per my parents observation! My Dad would roll over if he saw some of the bizarre actions, antics, and songs of today!
    Thanks Tipper, I loved the song, again brings back memories of old times, years past.
    We are having storms and rain today!

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    Janice McCall
    June 2, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Elvis is my all-time favorite singer, but I really, really enjoyed Paul and Pap’s version. Betcha Elvis would’ve loved it too!!

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    dolores
    June 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Beautifully done! I never knew the story of the song’s writing. I always enjoyed listening to Elvis perorm it. Thanks for sharing the story and Pap and Paul’s wonderful version.

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    steve in tn
    June 2, 2013 at 8:21 am

    i always enjoy your song history posts and performances.

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    Kerry in GA
    June 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

    As always, Lovely. 🙂

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    kat
    June 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Always liked that song. Great job, Paul & Pap did singing it.

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    As always wonderful

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    Don Casada
    June 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Good job (what else is new) by Pap and Paul.
    I was in God’s chapel for the whole day yesterday 😉

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