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STUART HAMBLEN
Carl Stuart Hamblen was born on October 20, 1908 in Kellyville, Texas, the son of a itinerant Methodist preacher.

Although he enrolled in college to study for a career in teaching, country music quickly became his passion. In 1926, he landed a spot as a singing cowboy on
KYFO in Abilene. In 1929, the Victor Recording Company (later known as RCA Victor ) signed him to a contract and released four of his compositions.

He then left West Texas and headed out to California where he became
Cowboy Joe on KFI radio in Los Angeles.

Between 1931 and 1952, he had several radio programs on the air and recording contracts with
Decca Records, Columbia, Coral and RCA.

He also appeared in some 10 western movies alongside stars like
Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and John Wayne.



But the pressures of success led him to gambling and an increasing addiction to alcohol.

In 1949, Stuart’s wife
Suzy persuaded him to attend a prayer meeting being held by a young Billy Graham in Los Angeles. There he made a decision to devote his life to Christ. He gave up his drinking, his radio programs and acting career, and began traveling across the country speaking and singing at Youth for Christ rallies, Billy Graham Crusades, and churches with his wife, Suzy.

In the early 50s, he started a nationally syndicated radio program called the
The Cowboy Church of the Air. When the sponsors demanded he do a commercial promoting alcohol, he refused—and the sponsors pulled out ending his show.


It is no secret what God can do.
What He’s done for others,
He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open,
He’ll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
Words and music by Stuart Hamblen.
Copyright © Hamblen Music Company Inc


In 1952, the
Prohibition Party nominated him to run for President of the United States (Eisenhower won that year).

Stuart is best known by Christians for the many songs he wrote. His most well known is
"It Is No Secret," which was written one night in 1951 after talking with actor John Wayne who asked Stuart if he didn’t want a drink. Stuart replied "No, it is no secret what God can do." Wayne reportedly looked at him and said something like, "Stu, you ought to write a song about that."

Stuart got home and sat down at his piano just as the old grandfather clock in the hall chimed the hour of 12 midnight, and began to write, "The chimes of time ring out the news, another day is through..," finishing in just 17 minutes.

In 1954, he was signed by RCA Victor and his first release for them,
"This Ole House," reached the top of the Country & Western charts as sung by Stuart, and Rosemary Clooney’s rendition climbed to number 3 on the pop charts.


Stuart Hamblen was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976.

In 2001, he was inducted into the
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

And in 2004, into the
Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame.


Stuart Hamblen passed away in 1989 after surgery to remove a brain tumor. Billy Graham was the guest speaker at his memorial service.

Suzy Hamblen passed away in 2008 from congestive heart failure. She was 101 years old.

Some information in this article is from the Handbook of Texas Online, s.v., Carl Stuart Hamblen, a copyrighted publication of the Texas State Historical Association.
 
• WESTERN MOVIE ACTOR
• SONGWRITER
• RECORDING ARTIST
STUART HAMBLEN’S MOST WELL-KNOWN SONGS INCLUDE:

It Is No Secret
I’ve Got So Many Million Years
Friends I Know
Known Only To Him
Teach Me Lord To Wait
Open Up Your Heart
This Ole House
His Hands
Until Then
How Big Is God
Is He Satisfied?
Gathering Home

When you see me fall asleep,
say amen but don’t you weep,
I’ve got so many million years
that I can’t count them.”
Words and music by Stuart Hamblen.
Copyright © Hamblen Music Company Inc

MOTION PICTURES CREDITS (IMDb)
Mountain Lady 1979
The Savage Horde 1950
King of the Forest Rangers 1946
The Plainsman and the Lady 1946
Flame of the Barbary Coast 1945
Carson City Cyclone 1943
King of the Cowboys 1943
The Sombrero Kid 1942
The Arizona Kid 1939
In Old Monterey 1939

PARTIAL CHRISTIAN DISCOGRAPHY
(ALL ALBUMS OUT-OF-PRINT)
In The Garden RCA Camden 1966
A Visit With Stuart Hamblen Sacred
Of God I Sing Columbia 1962
Beyond The Sun RCA Camden
The Cowboy Church Word
I Believe Columbia
It Is No Secret RCA Victor 1956

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