To this day, Lowry said doesn't know how he wrote the song, exactly; he called it "a fluke."
"It was a God thing," he said. "Personally, I think God threw me a nugget that day, and Bill Gaither wasn't there to catch it."
Lowry joked that he's been working on a follow-up for years.
"I tell everyone I'm working on 'Joseph, Did You Know?,' 'Moses, Did You Know?' and 'Jesus, We Know You Knew,'" he said, "but those aren't panning out so good."
He does have a lot of other songs, though.
Lowry got started in gospel music as a singer, performing at independent, fundamental Baptist Churches.
"That was my training ground," he said.
And those audiences were tough. Lowry said they could be awfully quiet.
"They wouldn't clap because that was giving glory to man," he explained. "They wouldn't shout because people might think they were speaking in another language [speaking in tongues].
"But they would laugh, and if they were laughing, they were listening."
So he began dropping funny stories into his sets between the songs. Seeing the sillier side of things has always been easy for him.
"I can't go to a funeral without trying to make someone laugh," he said.
Mostly taken from his life, the stories get weird and silly, but there's often a moral behind them, he said, which is never explicitly pointed out.
"If they can't see the moral of the story," Lowry said. "The story is no good to tell."
Lowry said the funny stuff comes from everywhere. It's not that he spends his days cruising for new material. He just pays attention and tries not to take life too seriously.
"Life can't bother you if you don't take too much interest in it," he said. "You have to step back and look at the big picture."
He's got a pretty wonderful life. Lowry has some nice things that have come from success, but he also has time.
"I have the luxury of sitting on my back porch and just thinking," he said, "all day long, if I want to."
The things he thinks about, he said, he wants to share with people who don't have the kind of time he does to see what's funny and uplifting about the human experience.
"I'm trying to get to the cookies on the bottom shelf for people," he said.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.