In the Jesus Movement Coffeehouses, we often sang John Newton’s 1779 Amazing Grace song to the tune of the House of the Rising Sun.;) I have been unable to find the original tune for the world’s most famous and well-loved song “Amazing Grace”. The later ‘New Britain’ tune that we associate with Amazing Grace was linked by William Walker with the song in 1847, perhaps of Scottish and/or African origin.
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March 8, 2022 at 4:05 am
We played and sang this version of Amazing Grace / House of the Rising Sun, in a travelling church band in 1997… in Baton Rouge LA. We weren’t the first, but no one we ever played for had heard it done this way….so we may have been close. A member of our praise band had heard about someone doing it this way, but didn’t know who. So we made up our own version with solo verses and harmonies on the last verse.