Collection 117 Ephemera of Stuart Hamblen
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Phonograph record and audio tape of popular songs, hymns and Gospel songs sung by Hamblen, several of which he also wrote. The two songs on the phonograph album, "Golden River" and "Dream Book of Memories," were also written by him. There are twenty-four selections on the audio tape. Songs both written and sung by Hamblen include "It Is No Secret," "His Hands," "This Ole House," and "The Lord is Counting on You."
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Stuart Hamblen was born October 20, 1908, in Kellyville, Texas, to Reverend and Mrs. J.H. Hamblen; Rev. Hamblen was a Methodist pastor. Stuart attended schools in the area later receiving his teaching certificate from Mc Murrey College in Abilene. Finding no real interest in teaching, Stuart moved to Hollywood as part of a touring singing group known as the "Beverly Hillbillies."
At the age of nineteen, Hamblen began a successful radio program, "Stuart Hamblen and His Lucky Stars" as a result of his singing career. The program was very popular on the West Coast and set national records for longevity. Hamblen was featured in the program singing and kidding around with his guests and other singers. Some of the songs he wrote during this period include "Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You," "This Ole House," and "My Mary."
He attended Billy Graham's Los Angeles evangelistic meetings of 1949 and was converted to Christianity. The decision changed his life. He gave up his radio program feeling he could no longer endorse some of the sponsor's products. Religious songs began to come from the singer. He wrote hymns and religious music such as "It Is No Secret," "His Hands," and "Until Then." He began a new radio program, "Cowboy Church," where he shared with his audience his new found faith in Jesus Christ.
In 1952 Hamblen conducted an unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the United States on the prohibition ticket. He continued to remain active in song writing and evangelism through the years. Hamblen married Suzy Daniels in April 1933. The couple had two daughters and in 1980 resided in Los Angeles, California. He died March 8, 1989 of brain cancer in Santa Monica, California.
1 Audio Tape
1 Phonograph Record
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Materials in this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives in October 1979.
May 7, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
- Collection 117 Ephemera of Stuart Hamblen
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