Gospel singer-songwriter of the 1950s who wrote the classic "It's No Secret (What God Can Do)."
A hard drinker in his his youth, he swore off alcohol and dedicated his life to Christ after attending a tent revival in 1949.
After his religious conversion, he wrote the popular songs "This Ole House" and "Open Up your Heart" and, after spiritual advice from John Wayne, "It's No Secret."
He grew up in Kellyville, Texas; his father was a traveling Methodist preacher.
It was Billy Graham's crusade in Los Angeles that turned him onto a new religious life, free of alcohol and gambling.