Born in Kellyville, Texas, Stuart Hamblen made his way to Hollywood. A “singing cowboy” – he wrote the hit song “I won’t go hunting Jake (but I’ll go chasing women)” that placed #3 in the US for 1950. At Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, the “original juvenile delinquent” and alcoholic was converted, quit doing alcohol commercials, gambling, and horse racing. The top radio host in Los Angeles, his conversion increased interest in the Graham Crusades. Because of his conversion, when he refused to do beer commercials, he was fired from the radio station. Talking with John Wayne, Hamblen noted “It is no secret what the Lord can do.” Following encouragement from John Wayne, Hamblen wrote the song that would break the top 10 in 1951.
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