Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sounds of Praise: Put Your Hand in the Hand (1971)

There was a period from the late 60's to the late 70's when there were gospel crossovers on either the pop or country charts. Simon & Garfunkel, one of the most influential folk duos of the period, have seen their 1969 hit, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", covered by artists as diverse as gospel star Michael W. Smith (in 2005) and the late Johnny Cash, such that if you didn't think it was meant to be a gospel record, well.......!

In 1971, the Canadian gospel-rock group Ocean scored their only American hit with "Put Your Hand in the Hand", which clearly refers to Jesus in the lyrics, though not by name. As I located the following video on YouTube, the search also revealed that Elvis Presley & Loretta Lynn have also covered this song. I chose to post it today because the worship ministry in my church played it in today's service.

1hit1ders uploaded this clip.

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