Song Story: Swing Down Sweet Chariot

Swing Down Sweet Chariot was recorded by Elvis Presley. It is a variation on the well-known “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The songwriter is listed as traditional and it is unknown who altered the lyrics.

The Golden Gate Quartet popularized the song in the 1940s.

Elvis first recorded the song for his album His Hand in Mine and was backed up by the Jordanaires. He re-recorded the song in 1969 for his film The Trouble with Girls.

Billy Preston and the band, Rufus, have also recorded the song.

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