Darrell Glenn was born on 7 December, 1935. Darrell's father, Artie Glenn wrote "Crying In The Chapel" and Darrell recorded it in 1953 on the Valley Records label. It was released in May that year. Artie and his band, the Rhythm Riders, provided the backing for Darrell on his record.
The song was rejected by Hill and Range Songs and Acuff-Rose Music. The song was eventually published by Valley Publishers which also released the single featuring Darrell Glenn. The record company didn't think Darrell was talented enough or old enough to support so they they did nothing to promote the song. Darrell was still going to school. In spite of this lack of support it became a local hit and then it went nationwide.
The song became one of the most covered of 1953. Darrell Glenn's original recording reached number one on the Cash Box charts (where all versions were amalgamated) and number six on Billboard. Darrell Glenn's original version also hit number six on the Billboard pop singles chart and number four on the Billboard country and western chart
Later Darrell Glenn would write "Indescribably Blue," which Elvis recorded in 1966. He died on 9 April, 1990.
Ella Fitzgerald Feat. Bill Doggett's Orchestra, recorded on June 11, 1953 already:
A version that was released less than a month after, in July 1953, was this one by Art Lund, with The Ray Charles Singers and an orchestra directed by Leroy Holmes, on Coral 61018 78 rpm:
A fourth - better known - version, released in July 1953, was this one by The Orioles:
On October 30, 1960, Elvis recorded a version of the song during the sessions for his RCA Records gospel album, His Hand in Mine. It was not included on that album, but rather was held back by RCA and finally released as an "Easter Special" single (447-0643) in April 1965, hitting number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and topping the Easy Listening chart for seven weeks, the greatest chart success for him over a six-year span. The single reached number one on the British charts in 1965 where it stayed for two weeks. It was later included as a bonus track on Presley's 1967 gospel album, How Great Thou Art. The single was eventually certified "Platinum" by the RIAA for sales in excess of one million units in the US.
A few other versions
Eddy Arnold, recorded on October 22, 1953:
Little Richard, released in 1963:
Don McLean, released in 1974:
A German version from 1965. Bobby Solo sings Du hast ja Tränen in den Augen (translated by Hans Bradtke):
Crying In the Chapel - Delayed Issue
With the 1958 version by Anita Wood (!)