Presley Named to Gospel Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ It was no secret that the king of rock 'n' roll preferred gospel music.

``It more or less puts your mind at ease,'' Elvis Presley once said of the music he first heard as a boy attending the Assembly of God Church. ``It does mine.''

On Tuesday, Presley will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony at The People's Church in Franklin, south of Nashville.

Already a member of the halls of fame for rock 'n' roll and country music, the gospel addition will give Presley the distinction of being the only entertainer inducted into all three.

Presley won only three Grammys in his career, all for his gospel work. ``How Great Thou Art'' won Best Sacred Performance in 1967; ``He Touched Me'' got Best Inspirational Performance in 1972; and a live version of ``How Great Thou Art'' won Best Inspirational Performance in 1974.

He died in August 1977 at age 42.

Joining Presley in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday will be Kurt Kaiser, Keith Green, Larry Norman, Doris Akers, Albertina Walker, Wendy Bagwell & the Sunliters and The Rambos.