Amazing Grace hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in June 1972 and remained there for 4 weeks.
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and the senior Scottish regiment.
The regiment has its own pipe band that was first formed in 1946 and toured widely, performing in competitions, concerts and parades. It was the first official organised pipes and drums in the history of the regiment. Their most famous piece is “Amazing Grace”, which reached number one in the charts in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa in 1972.
“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written in 1772 by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).
Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction.
After leaving the Royal Navy, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy. This moment marked his spiritual conversion but he continued slave trading until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether. He began studying Christian theology and later became an abolitionist.
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