November 19, 2010
'Number One With a Bullet'
More than two centuries after it was written, 'Amazing Grace' still a global sensation
A recent Associated Press story describes "Amazing Grace" as "a global music sensation" and "No. 1 with a bullet."
The writer asks, "Will Elvis' 'Hound Dog' last 200 years? Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'? Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face'? 'Amazing Grace' already has and keeps on going." Cliff Barrows, who led the singing for decades at Billy Graham crusades, adds, "We will sing this song until Jesus comes and it may be one of our theme songs in heaven around the throne."
According to allmusic.com, "Amazing Grace" has been recorded more than 6,600 times. That's a number to make anyone go gaga.
"It may be the most recorded song on the planet," said Jerry Bailey, executive at Broadcast Music, Inc., of Nashville.