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Australian duo George and Ken Assang record gospel

Assang Brothers

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Warner Music Australia

Release Date: November 3rd, 1965

Words by: Jake Stein
November 9th, 1965

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November, 1965 - Australian duo George and Ken Assang released a cover of the traditional gospel song, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".

The Assang brothers' recording of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" lay hidden for many years, until it was released in 2000 on the soundtrack to Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. The follow-up to Buried Country was released as Buried Country 1.5 on October 30th, 2015.

An early version of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" was likely written in the U.S in the 1800's. Since then, it has been adapted and recorded by numerous artists, including: Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Jack White. More recently, the song has become a concert staple for North Carolina group The Avett Brothers.

Watch Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers recording "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" in 2011 below.

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