Friday Five: Amazing Grace
Written in 1779 by John Newton, “Amazing Grace” is still one of the most recognizable songs in the world nearly 250 years later. Part redemption, part forgiveness and part deliverance from despair, this song seems to be appropriate at times like these. Over the years, thousands of artists have covered the song. Here are a few of my favorites.
In 1975, Cash released his version of this classic hymn on his Johnny Cash Sings Precious Memories album.
3. Ray Charles – “Amazing Grace”
The strings on this particular arrangement are beautiful – and Ray delivers a knockout performance.
2. Dolly Parton – “Amazing Grace”
Dolly Parton released her studio version of “Amazing Grace” on her 1999 album, Precious Memories.
In 2003, Jones released a two-disc project called The Gospel Collection. This is the standout track.
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