Chris O’Kelley

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It’s time to talk about, Vince Gill, Today In Country Music History! When Vince looks back on February 28, 1996, it will day he never forgets.    Go Rest High On That Mountain” wins two trophies–Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance during the 38th annual Grammy awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

In the 1990s Vince Gill was one of the biggest names in Country Music.   He had four Number one songs, 7 songs that went to number 2, and 18 that went top 5. Keep in mind that will all the success Vince had in the 1990s only having 4 number-one songs was pretty impressive considering Garth held the record for the most number-one songs in the 1990s.

Go Rest High On That Mountain

It was released in August of 1995 and was 6th song from his, “When Love Finds You”  album.  Vince started writing the song in 1989 after the death of Keith Whitley.  He let is sit on a notepad till 1993 and finished the song after the death of his brother Bob.

In 2019,  Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Go Rest High on That Mountain” No. 17 on its list of the 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time.  Go Rest High On That Mountain won the CMA’s Song of the Year award in 1996 and a BMI Most-Performed Song award in 1997.  Go Rest High only reached No. 14 on the Country Singles chart in 1995.   It has sold 857,000 digital copies in the US since becoming available for download.  That is not including CD sales of the “When Love Finds You” Album

Covers Of Go Rest High On The Mountain

The song has been covered by just about every type of music artist you can find

  • Karen Peck & New River, Southern Gospel
  • Kelly Clarkson, Pop
  • Bill Gaither, Southern Gospel
  • Carrie Underwood, Country
  • Scotty McCreery, Country
  • 2 Steel Sisters, Bluegrass

The most moving performance of this song came May 2nd 2013 at the funeral of George Jones.

The Original By Vince

Vince At George Jones Funeral-Very Moving

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