It Is No Secret
The Bill Kenny version
In 1951 The Ink Spots lead singer Bill Kenny recorded It Is No Secret for the Decca label. His recorded version which also featured "The Song Spinners" was the first to make the US pop charts, reaching #18.
The Elvis Presley version
Elvis Presley recorded his version in Radio Recorders Studio 1, Hollywood, on January 19, 1957. It was released on Elvis' Christmas Album (RCA Victor LOC 1035) in November 1957. The producer was Steve Sholes.
Legend circulated via e-mail
"When Hamblin quit drinking thanks to Billy Graham he began to lose favor with Hollywood. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon him. During his struggle, John Wayne took him aside and told him all your troubles started when you 'got religion' and asked if it was worth it all. Hamblin answered simply, "Yes". Then he said, "You liked your booze so much. Don't you ever miss it?" And the answer was, "No". John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily.' And Hamblin response was, 'It's no big secret. All things are possible with God.' To this John said, 'That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it.'"
Certain details of the above account, including the misspelling of Hamblen's name, are contested.
Other notable recordings
- Bill Kenny – Precious Memories (1951)
- Jo Stafford – Garden of Prayer (1954)
- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
- Marco T. - Spanish Latin version in 1.993.
- Jim Reeves
- Stuart Hamblen rockabilly.nl
- Sessions 1950s
- Elvis Presley Discography 1957
- Special Exhibit at Billy Graham Library to Honor Legendary Gospel Singer George Beverly (Bev) Shea ASSIST News Service (ANS).