Artie Glenn

Artie Glenn

McLennan County, Texas, USA
Death 25 Jul 1994 (aged 79)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of Memories, Lot 78-C
Memorial ID 10722984 · View Source
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Musician/Songwriter. Born Charles A. Glenn. Known as Artie, his greatest professional achievement was writing the song, "Crying In the Chapel." He wrote it for his son Darrell to sing while Darrell was still in high school. Artie's band the Rhythm Riders, backed him on the record. It reached number 4 on the Country chart and number 9 on The Hot 100. The Orioles, Rex Allen, June Valli and Elvis Presley all had hits with "Crying In the Chapel." It became a million seller for Rex Allen but Elvis' version went to number one. Elvis Presley first recorded Glenn's song on an album in 1960. But it wasn't released as a single by Presley until 1965. It was also recorded by Ella Fitzgerald and Eddy Arnold. The inspiration for the soulful song came when Artie Glenn was recovering from spinal surgery. From his bed in the Hospital, he vowed to become closer to God. Later, he kept his promise and went to the church nearest his home. It is told he walked to the front of the church with tears rolling down his cheeks and the inspiring words came to him. A version of the song recorded by Sonny Till and the Orioles was heard in the movie "Just Cause." When Sean Connery walks into a house and finds some mutilated bodies, "Crying in the Chapel" is playing on a radio. Artie Glenn played guitar and bass fiddle in many bands, including a stint with the Light Crust Doughboys. He wrote many other songs, some of which were recorded by Bob Wills and others. He wrote a gospel album for TV evangelist Kenneth Copeland. His gravestone says he was born on January 23rd, but the Texas death index has his birthdate as January 15th.

Bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks

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