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Latest update on 03/05/2016

Artist: CHH Parry
Author: William Blake/Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Year: 1916

Based on William Blake's Preface to Milton, A Poem, printed in 1808. Exactly one century later it was selected by poet laureat Robert Bridges for his patriotic collection The Spirit Of Man during in a desperate attempt to cheer up British soldiers in the trenches of WW I. That's when Parry was asked to score it. First noticed by the Suffragettes who recognized it as a possible Voters Hymn. Parry agreed, not only orchestrating it for them (in 1918), the National Union of Woman's Suffrage Societies was co-credited. That's when it became known as Jerusalem, becoming England's most popular patriotic hymn.

Covers:

1922:

Sir Edward Elgar [re-scored for large orchestra as Jerusalem during the Leeds Festival]

1922:

Peter Dawson [idem]

1939:

Paul Robeson [idem]

1941:

John McCormack [idem]

1950s:

Sir Malcolm Sargent [idem; during the earliest Last Night Of The Proms concert in the Royal Albert Hall]

1972:

Freedom Street Choir

1973:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer [idem; banned by the BBC]

1977:

Suzi Pinns [in punk film Jubilee]

1977:

Supertramp [choir part in the background at the end of Fool's Overture]

1981:

Vangelis [in film Chariots Of Fire; vocal: Ambrosian Singers; actually the same William Blake Preface inspired the film's title; Chariot of fire as byword for divine energy]

1983:

Mark Stewart & The Maffia [idem]

1988:

Fall [idem]

1988:

Judy Collins

1990:

Billy Bragg

1991:

Justified Ancients of Mau Mau [in It's Grim Up North; top 10 UK]

2007:

Roger Chapman

2009:

Jeff Beck [all as Jerusalem]

Films other than Chariots Of Fire featuring a version of Jerusalem: Four Weddings And A Funeral, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, Calendar Girls, Brassed Off, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Shameless and Monty Python's Flying Circus. It is also the Jerusalem Herman Van Veen sings about in Hilversum III: 'Op elke steiger klonk een lied, van Paljas of Jerusalem'.

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