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Amazing Grace
  • “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recorded hymns of all time. The Library of Congress has more than 3,000 recordings in its library. Popular versions have been sung by Judy Collins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson. —How Sweet the Sound, p. 11
  • Newton biographer Jonathan Aitken estimates that “Amazing Grace” is performed about 10 million times annually. —How Sweet the Sound, p. 15
  • “Amazing Grace” has been translated into more than 50 languages.
  • “Amazing Grace” is commonly sung at funerals, often with bagpipes, because of his final stanzas that offer the message of peace and comfort after death.
  • After Newton’s ship survived the storm, it landed off the coast of Donegal, Ireland. In 2013, Ireland buit a viewing platform at Lough Swilly, near Castle Bridge, County Donegal, to mark the spot where Newton began his conversion.
  • Newton would become one of the most outspoken abolitionists in British history.
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