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Carl Stuart Hamblen, 20 October 1908, Kellyville, Texas, USA, d. 8 March 1989. The son of a travelling Methodist preacher, Hamblens childhood was spent travelling around Texas as his fathers work decreed. His love of open spaces and yearning for the life of a cowboy is apparent in some of his early songs. He learned to rope and ride, and as a youngster combined working the rodeos with his college studies to be a teacher. He passed his exams but a desire to sing and write songs led to him moving to California. He worked first with the Beverly Hillbillies, a singing group led by Zeke Manners, but soon hosted his own shows on radio and appeared at various west coast venues with his own band. He first recorded for Decca Records in 1934, when he cut his popular songs Texas Plains and Ridin Old Paint.
During the 30s and 40s, he proved a natural for Hollywood and appeared in many B-movie westerns, usually as...