When Billy Graham passed away in 2018, the whole world took a moment to mourn. One of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century, it has been estimated that Graham preached to over 2 billion people in his lifetime. This simple farmer’s son from North Carolina came from a hardworking family of modest means.
There was nothing in his humble background that would have prepared him for what he was to achieve. Starting out as a revival preacher in the late 1940s, Graham brought in massive crowds in Los Angeles with his message of hope and faith in God. This devotion to his mission carried Graham to every continent.
In 2006, Pat Boone, legendary country singer and close friend of Billy Graham, decided to write a simple tribute to the great preacher. While Boone thought this would just be something small scale, fate had decided otherwise.
Billy Graham had a very basic operating philosophy: “no reserve, no retreat, and no regrets.” This meant he would go anywhere, speak in any place, to crowds of any size, as long as he could share the Christian gospel.
Graham’s longest series of meetings, which he called “crusades,” took place in 1957 at Madison Square Garden in New York, where he preached night after night for an incredible 16 straight weeks. Later in 1973, Graham preached to an audience of over 1.1 million people in the Yoido Plaza in Seoul, South Korea.
Neither racial nor political division could keep Graham from following what he believed to be his calling in life. In 1953, during the height of segregation in the United States, Graham tore down the ropes that separated black and white attendees at a crusade in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1982, at the peak of the Cold War, Graham attended a Conference on Peace held in the U.S.S.R. According to Graham, he drew inspiration from St. Paul, who “was called to be all things to all people. I realized I had closed myself to the people of the Soviet Union.”
One of Graham’s favorite refrains, wherever he went was: “I just know that whatever you’ve done, whatever you are now, God loves you.”
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How to commemorate such a man? As Pat Boone said in a 2006 video about the making of the song, “I’ve known Billy Graham and his wife Ruth for a lot of years, he’s preached to more people by far, millions and millions more, than any other human being who lived on the planet. And yet, I don’t think Billy is aware of how admired he is around the world.”
As Boone began writing the song about his old friend, he simply thought, “we ought to do some kind of tribute that lets Billy know how we feel.” The great singer happened to be on a plane from Nashville when he crossed paths with rock musician and producer David Pack. The two “struck up a friendship on the plane,” and Pack offered his help with reworking the song.
David Pack, in turn, called on his friend, country singer Billy Dean, who has written dozens of charting hits and numerous certified gold albums. For this successful music veteran, Billy Graham was “someone who it’s just long overdue for him to be honored.” Pack and Dean recorded the backbone of the song and then invited others who shared an appreciation for Billy Graham to come join them.
Before they knew it, they had renowned singers such John Elefante, the lead singer of the classic rock group Kansas, and country crossover star Kenny Rogers, on board. To open up the song, Pat Boone had written some lines about Billy Graham’s amazing life and work that he had imagined being read like a news item by the one and only Larry King. “From parliaments to Presidents, from kings to common folk, each one heard the truth of God’s amazing grace.”
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From a single song, the project eventually morphed into a whole tribute album and concerts. As Pat Boone said, “I’ve been deeply privileged to know the single greatest man of our times […]” “‘Thank You, Billy Graham’ multi-artist music/video tribute is our mutual attempt to honor his life and sacrificial ministry. I hope families worldwide will have this in their homes—so his fantastic ministry will continue through the ages. I dare say WE’LL NEVER SEE A MAN LIKE BILLY GRAHAM AGAIN.”
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