Hymn Story: The King of all Kings

George Beverly Shea performed the song “The King of All Kings.”  He released the song in 1954 alongside “If You Know the Lord.”

The song was written by Stuart Hamblen (1908-1989), a singer and songwriter. He was one of radio’s first singing cowboys and later became a Chrisitan songwriter.

Hamblen has been inducted into numerous hall of fames such as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970), the Academy of Country Music Pioneer (1971), Hollywood Walk of Fame (1976), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1994), Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (2001) and the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame (2012).

He also wrote such gospel songs as “It is No Secret (What God Can Do) and “This Ole House.”

Shea served as the vocalists for specials at the Billy Graham Crusades.  He died in 2013 at the age of 104.

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