Shackled by a heavy burden (He touched me)

Shackled by a heavy burden (He touched me). Bill Gaither* (1936- ) and Gloria Gaither* (1942- ).  Known primarily by its refrain, ‘He touched me’ was composed in 1963 soon after the couple’s wedding in 1962. While not their first song, ‘He touched me’ was the first of several early songs that defined their career, including ‘Because he lives’ (1971), ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there’s just something about that name’ (1970), and ‘The King is coming’ (1970). Though the songs were recorded by many notable gospel singers, the Bill Gaither Trio, begun by Bill in 1956, made them popular initially. Bill’s melodies were so singable that soon the songs became adapted for congregational use. The first...

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