The nun who nearly ousted Elvis in the Grammy Awards

@JudyEv (327650)
Rockingham, Australia
April 11, 2024 9:58pm CST
Who among my friends here is old enough to remember Sister Janet Mead and her inspirational singing of the ‘Our Father’? Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Sister Mead (1937-2022) joined the Sisters of Mercy Catholic order of nuns. Mead taught music in local Catholic schools and introduced ‘rock masses’ in an endeavour to make the Mass more accessible and meaningful to her students. In 1974, her rendition of the prayer ‘Our Father’ was a surprise hit, not just in Australia but also in America. It was the first Australian recording to sell over a million copies in the US and led to a nomination for a Grammy Award in 1975, losing out to Elvis Presley’s rendition of How Great Thou Art. The category was ‘Best inspirational performance (non-classical)’. She was apparently extremely relieved that she didn't win the award. Mead donated all her royalties to charity and in 2004 was named South Australian of the Year for her work with the homeless. I couldn’t find a ‘free to use’ photo of Sister Mead but here is one of a little country church.
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@LadyDuck (461464)
• Switzerland
12 Apr
I am not sure that the photo posted in Wikipedia is free to use, but may be we can post the link so people can see how she looked
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sister_Janet_Mead_1975_publicity_still.jpg
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@LadyDuck (461464)
• Switzerland
12 Apr
@JudyEv I also checked and it did not seem to be copyright free.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Apr
Thanks for doing that. That is the photo I looked at but it didn't seem free to use.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Apr
@LadyDuck I was a bit surprised really but thought it wasn't worth chancing using it.
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@snowy22315 (171757)
• United States
12 Apr
Never heard of her but the nuns that sang Dominque were a big hit on the Ed Sullivan show. (big variety show of the day) That was approximately 1963 I think.
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@snowy22315 (171757)
• United States
14 Apr
@JudyEv Yes, she was and I loved that song, although I was a child of tender years. I remember hearing it often. Back when music was music...insert old people rant here..
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Apr
@snowy22315 I'm happy to rant along with you. We did our 'movement for seniors' today to some great music from the 60s and 70s. So good to hear those old tunes again.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
I remember her too. I think she was called the 'singing nun'. She had a great voice.
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@LeaPea2417 (36641)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Apr
I never heard of her.
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@LeaPea2417 (36641)
• Toccoa, Georgia
14 Apr
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
You're probably too young!
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@Tampa_girl7 (49352)
• United States
12 Apr
I recall a bit of controversy over the song, but we didn’t get why. She sang it beautifully.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Apr
I don't remember any controversy. Maybe it was too rock-oriented for some.
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@Tampa_girl7 (49352)
• United States
12 Apr
@JudyEv I imagine that was it. We loved it though.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Apr
I just brought up the song. I've never heard her version before. It's interesting she lost the Grammy award to Elvis. I love your little country church.
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@just4him (309595)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Apr
@JudyEv Yes, it was a long time ago, but I never heard that version of the Lord's Prayer.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
I guess maybe it was too long ago as it was huge hit in the US. The church is very lovely and surrounded by trees and farmland. Very peaceful.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Apr
The photo is very beautiful. I'm glad learning about sister Mead.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
She did a lot of good in her life too among the homeless and disadvantaged.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
14 Apr
@JudyEv I should emulate her
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@AmbiePam (86228)
• United States
12 Apr
That’s pretty cool.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Apr
There was such a lot of media hype that she found it very stressful.
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@RebeccasFarm (87022)
• United States
12 Apr
I remember this somehow Judy.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
It would have been played a lot in the US at the time.
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@wolfgirl569 (97022)
• Marion, Ohio
12 Apr
Never heard of her.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
You're too young!
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• Midland, Michigan
13 Apr
I could be wrong but I don't think you have to worry about copyrighted photos here since anymore can't be access unless your a member. Even so I do try to stay away from those too. I don't remember that song but I'll look it up later. I went ahead and checked it out now. It's a catchy tune.
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• Midland, Michigan
15 Apr
@JudyEv what other version? Do you mean by a different singer?
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Apr
@MarshaMusselman They sing the 'Our Father' here to a completely different tune but it's not as upbeat as this one. I tried to find a clip to it but it seems there are a lot of other versions.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
It's much more catchy than the other version. At least I think so.
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@LindaOHio (159789)
• United States
12 Apr
I don't remember the song. Very interesting post. Have a good day.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
I guess it was a long time ago but it did well in its time.
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@dgobucks226 (34563)
13 Apr
That is stiff competition going up against "The King." What the sister needed was some "Devine intervention."
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
I think you're right but maybe her own prayers were answered as she didn't really like all the fuss and publicity.
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@Beestring (13531)
• Hong Kong
12 Apr
Nice looking church. I remember the song "Our Father" very well.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Apr
We have sung that version a lot since it came out.
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
13 Apr
what a great accomplishment for her and the country
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
She did a lot of good in her time.
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@grenery8 (3680)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
14 Apr
@JudyEv i wish elvis declined his award but history can't be changed
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@capirani (2796)
• United States
13 Apr
Yes, I remember her and her song. Now it is running through my head. LOL
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
It's a very upbeat 'Our Father' compared to the other version.
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@jstory07 (135453)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Apr
Is that church still in use today. Nice looking church.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Apr
The church has been decommissioned now but is used for concerts and other functions.
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@RasmaSandra (74462)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 Apr
That is a lovely church, I love Elvis singing How Great Thou Art it always tears me up, So wonderful she helped out the homeless,
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Apr
She was really pleased not to have won. She didn't really like all the fuss and hype.
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@JESSY3236 (19126)
• United States
16 Apr
I never heard of her. I did look up the song though. It's a nice song.
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@JudyEv (327650)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 Apr
It was a long time ago and I'm sure it was before you were born.
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