Artie Glenn wrote this in 1953 for his son Darrell Glenn to sing. While still in high school Darrell recorded "Crying in the Chapel" with his father's band The Rhythm Riders". This version topped the Cash Box chart.

The Jordanaires with someone named Elvis Presley were set to issue "Crying in the Chapel" for his 1960 album "His Hand in Mine". That didn't happen and the single wasn't sent to radio stations until 1965 when it became Elvis' biggest hit in years. In 1967 it was issued as a track on "How Great Thou Art".