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Stuart Hamblen

May 30, 1986 OHC138 158 min.


Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and music publisher. Born October 20, 1908. Died March 8, 1989. Full name, Carl Stuart Hamblen. Career most active 1930s-1950s. Popular Los Angeles area radio performer and program host. Original member of the popular 1930s music group, the Beverly Hill Billies. Wrote several classic songs, including “Texas Plains,” “It Is No Secret,” and “This Ole House.” Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Interview Summary

1986 May 30
(2 hours, 38 minutes)
Country & western performer Stuart Hamblen recalls highlights from his career. Discussion includes a description of his childhood; early musical interests; the story behind his first recordings for Victor; memories from meeting Jimmie Rodgers; his move to California; the start of his radio career; working with the Beverly Hill Billies; working in movies; his radio show, the Covered Wagon Jubilee; his songwriting, including the stories behind “Texas Plains,” “This Ole House,” and “It Is No Secret”; his radio show, the Cowboy Church of the Air; his publishing company, Hamblen Music; and his hunting stories.

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