Precious Memories (hymn)

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Precious Memories is a traditional gospel song credited to J. B. F. Wright in 1925. Wright was born in Tennessee, February 21, 1877, it has been performed by a wide variety of famous recording artists including Tammy Wynette, Rosetta Tharpe, Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Daniel O'Donnell, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, a duet by George Jones & Patti Page, Jim Reeves, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, J. J. Cale, and James Blackwood's quartet.[1]

Dolly Parton recorded the song on her 1999 Dollywood-exclusive album benefitting the Dollywood Foundation, Precious Memories, her sister, Stella Parton, recorded the song for her gospel album Appalachian Gospel.

A cover by The Stanley Brothers can be heard on Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) radio at the beginning of The Walking Dead fourth-season premiere episode, "30 Days Without An Accident". Susan Raye's cover was in the opening and closing credits sequences of Paul Schrader's crime drama, Hardcore (1979).

An acappella version was recorded by "The Freedom Singers" fronm Boston Church of Christ in 1988

A version by Sister Rosetta Tharpe was played in the opening credits to the 1990 film, To Sleep with Anger.

Aretha Franklin recorded a live version of the song for her album Amazing Grace (1972) and Ronnie Milsap for his album Then Sings My Soul (2009).


  1. ^ "We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music [sound recording] : The James Blackwood Tribute Album". National Library of Australia. Retrieved December 31, 2016.