Posted by: Democratic Thinker | April 29, 2015

Weekly Story: The Story Behind ‘It Is No Secret’ 

Weekly Story

 
BreakPoint commentator, Eric Metaxas, reports on the background of Stuart Hamblen’s hymn “It Is No Secret.”


As the site tells, “It Is No Secret” was written by Stuart Hamblen, who is regarded as one of radio’s first “singing cowboys.” Hamblen, the son of a Methodist minister from Texas, didn’t handle his fame very well. As Wikipedia tells us, his drinking, and the brawling and “destructive behavior” it produced, landed him in jail “many times.”


 

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The Story behind ‘It Is No Secret’

WHAT GOD CAN DO

By: Eric MetaxasPublished: April 14, 2015 8:00 AM

 

I never thought I’d get to talk about Billy Graham, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne all in one BreakPoint commentary. Stay tuned for the amazing story behind a famous gospel song.

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BreakPoint Commentator Eric Metaxas.

We’ve all had the experience of getting a song stuck in our head for an extended period of time. If you’re really unfortunate, that song may be one by Christopher Cross or Air Supply.

But sometimes, these “earworms,” as they are dubbed, can lead to good things.

That recently happened to one of us right here at BreakPoint. While reading a biography of the early 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, my colleague and friend Roberto Rivera found himself humming and singing the gospel song “It Is No Secret (What God Can Do).”

He’s not sure why the song popped into his head; he couldn’t recall ever singing it before. But once it entered his consciousness, it didn’t leave. While driving the next day, he searched for the song on Spotify and listened to two very different versions: the first by the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the second by Elvis Presley.

BreakPoint Illustration, 14 Apr 15.

At this point, he looked up the song on Google to find out who wrote it. And what he found was the kind of story that you can’t make up.

Fittingly, Roberto found the story on Truth or Fiction.com, which like Snopes.com, verifies and/or debunks rumors or urban legends floating around on the web.

As the site tells, “It Is No Secret” was written by Stuart Hamblen, who is regarded as one of radio’s first “singing cowboys.” Hamblen, the son of a Methodist minister from Texas, didn’t handle his fame very well. As Wikipedia tells us, his drinking, and the brawling and “destructive behavior” it produced, landed him in jail “many times.”

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(Read the complete article at BreakPoint Commentaries)


 

It Is No Secret—Stuart Hamblen at the Billy Graham Crusade

 

A tip o’ the hat to Free Republic.

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