Stuart Hamblen

Induction Year: 1970

Birth Name: Carl Stuart Hamblen

Birth Date: 10-20-1908

Place of Birth: Kellyville, Texas

Death Date: 03-08-1989

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California

Though he remained always true to his Texas roots, Stuart Hamblen managed to write versatile songs that became big hits across the country, pop and gospel genres.

Born in east Texas, Hamblen graduated from college originally intending to become a teacher. Inspired by the records of Jimmie Rodgers, he ultimately chose music instead, making his first recordings for the Victor label in 1929. Hamblen subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where he soon gained work singing on radio and in local country bands. In time he became one of the most popular cowboy singers on West Coast radio.

In 1934, he became the first country artist to record for Decca Records. For a time, cowgirl singer Ruby Blevins worked with Hamblen, and it was he who gave her not only her famous stage name (Patsy Montana) but also the tune for her biggest hit "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" (1935), which was based on his popular cowboy song "Texas Plains."

Hamblen had a durable career as a radio cowboy in Los Angeles, on records with a number of labels (Decca, Columbia, RCA) and in Western movies, where he frequently played bad guys — although, as a teetotaling Christian, he was anything but.

In the early 1950s, Hamblen achieved a new plateau of success with three big songs. In 1950, inspired by a line from his wife, he wrote and recorded "Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)." It became a #2 country hit for him as well as a country and pop hit for several other artists.

He followed it in 1951 with the gospel song "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)." It too became a huge country and pop hit, recorded by such varied artists as Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson and Tammy Wynette. In 1954, after stumbling upon the lifeless body of an elderly man at a remote mountain cabin, Hamblen was moved to write "This Ole House." Despite its unusual origins, the song proved hugely popular, becoming a #2 country hit for him and a #1 pop hit for Rosemary Clooney.

In 1952, Hamblen ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency on the Prohibition Party ticket. Afterwards, he continued to write, record and broadcast as a Christian radio performer with his popular Cowboy Church of the Air syndicated series. His songwriting royalties enabled him to purchase movie star Errol Flynn's Hollywood mansion on Mulholland Drive.

"(I Won't Go Huntin' with You Jake) But I'll Go Chasin' Women"

Stuart Hamblen1949 #3 country
Jimmy Dean1961 

"(Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You"

Stuart Hamblen1950  #2 country
Ernest Tubb1950 #5 country
Rosemary Clooney1952 
Dinah Washington1954 
Johnny Cash1957 
Ray Price1957 
Pat Boone1959 
Billy Walker1961 
Johnny Burnette1961 
Slim Whitman1963 
Dean Martin1965 #32 pop
Wayne Newton1965 
Faron Young1965 
Jim Ed Brown1969 
Jerry Lee Lewis1975 
Willie Nelson1977 #2 country
Merle Haggard1980 
David Cassidy1985 
Johnny Gimble1988 

"Army of the Lord"

B. B. King1960 

"Go on By"

Rosemary Clooney1952 

"Golden River"

Stuart Hamblen1931 
Blaine & Cal Smith1939 
Hank Snow1952 
Bill Monroe1970 
Carl Smith1972  

"He Bought My Soul at Calvary"

The Blackwood Brothers1952 
Stuart Hamblen1956 
Slim Whitman1963 
Jo Stafford & Gordon McCrae1963 
Tommy Scott1999 

"His Hands "

Tennessee Ernie Ford1955 #13 country
Eddy Arnold1955 
Mahalia Jackson1955 
Stuart Hamblen1956 
The Blackwood Brothers1957 
Hank Snow1965 

"How Big Is God"

Ray Price1960 
Hank Snow1966 
Gold City1995 
Tennessee Ernie Ford1996 
Bill & Gloria Gaither1999 

"I Whisper Your Name"

Rosemary Clooney1952 

"I've Got So Many Million Years"

Johnny Ray1952 

"It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)"

Stuart Hamblen1951 #8 country
Jo Stafford1951 #15 pop
Bill Kenny & the Song Spinners1951 #18 pop
Kate Smith1952 
The Blackwood Brothers1952 
Eddy Arnold1955 
Jimmy Wakely1955 
Elvis Presley1957 
Pat Boone1957 
Jim Reeves1958 
Mac Wiseman1959 
Ernest Tubb1960 
Mahalia Jackson1963 
Cliff Richard1967 
Ferlin Husky1968 
Tammy Wynette1969 
Jean Shepard1969 
Willie Nelson1979 
Johnny Cash1981 
B. J. Thomas1982 
Chubby Wise1995 
Roy Clark1995 
Andy Griffith1996 
Slim Whitman1997 
The Sons of the San Joaquin1997 
Anne Murray1999 
Jim Nabors2001 
Engelbert Humperdinck2003 
George Jones2003 
Bill Gaither2005 


Hank Snow1955 #5 country

"Montana Plains "

Patsy Montana1934 

"My Brown Eyed Texas Rose"

Stuart Hamblen1931 
Jimmie Davis1934 
The Light Crust Doughboys1934 
Jesse Rodgers1934 
Tex Ritter1935 
Leo Soileau's Four Aces1935 
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys1946 

"My Mary"

Stuart Hamblen1931 
Jesse Rodgers1934 
The Light Crust Doughboys1934 
Milton Brown1935 
Jimmie Davis1941 
Jim Reeves1958 
Justin Tubb1958 
Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson1983 

"Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)"

Cowboy Church Sunday School1955 #8 pop
Rosemary Clooney1955 
Stuart Hamblen1956 
Anne Murray1979 
The Wrights2008 

"Texas Plains"

Stuart Hamblen1934 
The Light Crust Doughboys1934 
Gene Autry1935 
Blue Ridge Ramblers (Prairie Ramblers)1935 
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys1953 
Hank Snow1965 
Riders in the Sky1982 
Rex Allen1996 
The New Riders of the Purple Sage2000 
The Sons of the San Joaquin2000 

"These Things Shall Pass"

Hank Snow1951 
Stuart Hamblen1956 
Johnny Cash1959 
Bill Gaither2005 

"This Ole House"

Stuart Hamblen1954 #2 country, #26 pop
Rosemary Clooney1954 #1 pop
Billie Anthony1954 
Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper1960 #16 country
The Bill Black Combo1962 
Jimmy Dean1963 
Johnny Tillotson1964 
Wilf Carter1965 
The Statler Brothers1966 
Johnny Cash1970 
Rose Maddox1980 
Shakin' Stevens1981 
Carl Perkins1984 
Boxcar Willie1997 
The Brian Setzer Orchestra1998 
Bette Midler2003 
John Conlee2004 
Brenda Lee & Dolly Parton2007 
Ricky Skaggs & the Whites2007 

"Until Then"

Ray Price1960 
Kate Smith1965 
Rhonda Vincent1991 
The Oak Ridge Boys2001 
The Rev. Billy Graham2002 

Stuart Hamblen

Induction Year: 1970