“Precious Memories”


The singer looks back on events of the past: "Precious memories, how they linger, How they ever flood my soul." The singer gives thanks for the reminders


Richard Dress writes, "Penned by Texas songwriter John Wright in 1877, this Roy Acuff hit and Wade Mainer favorite was first published in V. O. Stamps first songbook Harbor Bells in 1925. The McDonald Quartette recorded it for Banner in 1932, the Royal Quartet for Decca in 1935, Claude Sharpe & the Old Hickory Singers for Columbia in 1945, and the Johnson Family Singers for Columbia in 1951 (crediting J. Wright)." - RBW

Same tune

  • Dreadful Memories (by Aunt Molly Jackson and/or Sarah Ogun Gunning) (Greenway-AFP, pp. 274-275; DT, DREDMEM; Darling-NAS, pp. 385-386)


  • Ellis & Dixon Spiritual & Vocal Group, "Precious Memories, pts. 1 & 2" (Chess 1642, 1956)
  • Wade Mainer, "Precious Memories" (Bluebird B-8848, 1941)
  • McDonald Quartet, "Precious Memories" (OKeh 45517, 1931; rec. 1930) (Banner 32592/Melotone 12520/Perfect 12852/Conqueror 8009, 1932)
  • Simmons Sacred Singers, "Precious Memories" (OKeh 45299, 1929; rec. 1928)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "Precious Memories" (Decca 48070, c. 1948)
  • Turkey Mountain Singers, "Precious Memories" (Bluebird B-5532, 1934)
  • Uncle Henry's Original Mountaineers, "Precious Memories" (Capitol 48035, 1949)


  1. Roud #4934
  2. BI, oooPrecM


Author: probably John Wright
Earliest date: 1925 (Harbor Bells)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US