"You Gave Me a Mountain" is a song written by country singer-songwriter Marty Robbins during the 1960s. It has been recorded by many artists, including Robbins himself, but the highest-charting version of the song was by Frankie Laine in 1969; this version was included on Laine's album of the same name. In Laine's autobiography That Lucky Old Son, he stated that, "Marty Robbins once told me that he'd been trying to bring'You Gave Me a Mountain' to my attention for several years before he succeeded in November 1968. I wish. There were many times in the mid-60s when I longed for a song of its quality."The lyrics to the song detail a series of challenges that the singer has endured in his life, including the death of his mother while giving birth to him, Deprived of the love of his father was like time spent in prison "for something that I never done" and the singer's wife taking their child and leaving. He describes these setbacks as hills that he has scaled in the past, but states that "this time, you gave me a mountain / A mountain you know I may never climb".
The original third line of Robbins' song mentioned that he was "despised and disliked from my father", but Laine requested that this line be changed to "deprived of the love of my father" when he recorded his version, since Laine's father had died shortly before the recording took place. Released as a single in early 1969, Laine's version of the song was a hit single for the 55-year-old singer on U. S. singles charts. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March of that year, remaining in the Top 40 for seven weeks, was the final Top 40 hit of Laine's long career; that same month, the song spent two weeks atop the Billboard Easy Listening chart. Robbins recorded a version of his song, although it wasn't released as a single, it is included on his 1969 album It's a Sin as well as some of his "greatest hits" compilation albums. Country music singer Johnny Bush recorded a version of this song in 1969, his version reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart that year. Recording this song was Elvis Presley, who performed the song at his 1973 Honolulu concert Aloha from Hawaii and the subsequent live album Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite.
Presley's version was included in many of his other releases throughout the 1970s. Other artists who have recorded versions of "You Gave Me a Mountain" or performed it live include, Don McLean, Eddy Arnold, Ray Price, Margie Singleton, Gene Watson, Jim Nabors, Dean Martin and Christer Sjögren. List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1969 Track listing for Laine's album You Gave Me a Mountain AllMusic.com Laine's 7" release "You Gave Me a Mountain" b/w "To Each His Own" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
The Norwegian Nobel Committee selects the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize each year on behalf of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's estate, based on instructions of Nobel's will. Five members are appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. In his will, Alfred Nobel tasked the parliament of Norway with selecting the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. At the time and Sweden were in a loose personal union. Despite its members being appointed by Parliament, the committee is a private body tasked with awarding a private prize. In recent decades, most committee members were retired politicians; the committee is assisted by Norwegian Nobel Institute. The committee holds their meetings in the institute's building, where the winner is announced. Since 1990, the award ceremony takes place in Oslo City Hall. Alfred Nobel died in December 1896. In January 1897 the contents of his will were unveiled, it was written as early as in 1895. He declared that a Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses", that some of Nobel's money was to be donated to this prize.
The Nobel Foundation manages the assets. The other Nobel Prizes were to be awarded by Swedish bodies that existed, whereas the responsibility for the Peace Prize was given to the Norwegian Parliament "a committee of five persons to be elected" by it. A new body had to be created—the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Jurist Fredrik Heffermehl has noted that a legislative body could not be expected to handle a judicial task like managing a legal will; the task of a parliament is to create and change laws whereas a will can not be changed unless the premises are outdated. However, this question was not debated in depth, out of contemporary fear that the donated money might be lost in legal battles if the body was not created soon. On 26 April 1897 the Norwegian Parliament accepted the assignment and on 5 August the same year it formalized the process of election and service time for committee members; the first Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to Frédéric Passy. In the beginning, the committee was filled with active parliamentarians and the annual reports were discussed in parliamentary sessions.
These ties to the Norwegian Parliament were weakened so that the committee became more independent. Accordingly, the name was changed from the Norwegian Nobel Committee to the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament in 1901, but changed back in 1977. Now, active parliamentarians cannot sit on the committee, unless they have explicitly stated their intent to step down shortly. Nonetheless, the committee is still composed of politicians. A 1903 proposition to elect a law scholar was rejected. In late 1948, the election system was changed to make the committee more proportional with parliamentary representation of Norwegian political parties; the Norwegian Labour Party, which controlled a simple majority of seats in the Norwegian Parliament orchestrated this change. This practice has been cemented, but criticized. There have been propositions about including non-Norwegian members in the committee, but this has never happened; the Norwegian Nobel Committee is assisted by the Norwegian Nobel Institute, established in 1904.
The committee might receive well more than a hundred nominations and asks the Nobel Institute in February every year to research about twenty candidates. The director of the Nobel Institute serves as secretary to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Kaci Kullmann Five had been the Norwegian Nobel Committee's leader since March 2015. List of chairpersons In January 1944 an attempt by the Quisling government to take over the functions of the Nobel Committee led to the resignation of Jahn and other committee members; the Swedish consulate-general in Oslo formally took over the management of the Foundation's Oslo property on behalf of the Nobel Foundation. The members as of October 2018 are: Berit Reiss-Andersen and President of the Norwegian Bar Association, former state secretary for the Minister of Justice and the Police. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2012, reappointed for the period 2018–2023. Henrik Syse, Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Member of the Committee since 2015, appointed for the period 2015–2020 Thorbjørn Jagland, former Member of Parliament and President of the Storting and former Prime Minister for the Labour Party, current Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 2009 to 2015. Regular member. Member of the Committee since 2009, reappointed for the period 2015–2020. Anne Enger, former Leader of the Centre Party and Minister of Culture. Appointed for the period 2018–2020 Asle Toje, foreign policy scholar. Appointed for the period 2018–2023; the committee is assisted by its secretariat. The leader of the institute holds the title secretary; the secretary is an employee of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. List of secretaries1901–1909: Christian Lous Lange 1910–1945: Ragnvald Moe 1946–1973: August Schou 1974–1977: Tim Greve 1978–1989: Jakob Sverdrup 1990–2015: Geir Lundestad 2015–present: Olav Njølstad Notes BibliographyHeffermehl, Fredrik. Nobels vilje. Oslo: Vidarforlaget. ISBN 978-82-7990-074-0