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Elvis SongPedia: Bosom of Abraham

Bosom of Abraham




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Basic Stats

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Written by: William Johnson, George McFadden, Ted Brooks

Recorded: June 9, 1971, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 6.

Single:w/ "He Touched Me", 74-0651, February 4, 1972

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: - April 1972
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My Spin

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My grandparents may not have been Elvis fans, but like most religious people their age from the rural Midwest, they had quite a bit of southern gospel in their record collection. I was a little surprised way back in the day when my grandma was listening to her copy of He Touched Me with me, and just before this song began, she says to me sort of conspiratorially, "I like this one." I laughed when the song started. "Bosom of Abraham" is proof that southern gospel music wasn't always serious and reverent! Elvis and the Imperials are certainly having fun with this one! Later, in footage from the film Elvis On Tour, Elvis and the Stamps Quartet are even less formal, J.D. Sumner showing off and taking a nosedive with his bass voice at the end. Folks, this is NOT a solemn hymn, okay?

The songwriters credited here (William Johnson, George McFadden, Ted Brooks) were three of the four members of the gospel group The Jubilee Four, who appeared in Viva Las Vegas. It was lead (bass) singer George "Biggie" McFadden who sang lead on "The Climb" and The Jubilee Four lip-synced the song in the movie. Besides "Bosom of Abraham", they are also the writers of "I, John" which Elvis also recorded.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Bosom of Abraham" was a disaster. It is ludicrously short - ninety seconds. Furthermore, when the song was released at Easter 1972 it was cut and pressed at 33 1/3 rpm, although labelled 45! It never stood a chance.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979




Well-known spiritual of medium tempo and short length, blending voice with the Imperials.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Bosom of Abraham" Lyrics and Downloads

Well you rock my soul
Down in the bosom of Abraham
Rock, rock, rock down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks my soul down in the bosom of Abraham

Well a rich man lives, He lives so well
Children, when he dies on a lonely hill
Why don't you rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham


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