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Songs of the Prairie

 

· Audio CD (November 25, 1998)

· Original Release Date: November 25, 1998

· Format: 5-CD boxed set

· Label: Bear Family

· ASIN: B0000253PZ

 

 

This 5-CD set is the Part One of a collection of the Standard Radio Transcriptions of 1934-35. The remainder of the transcriptions are contained in "Memories of the Range". The set is accompanied by 11 ½" x 11 ½" – 32 page booklet by Laurence Zwisohn filled with recording history and historic photographs from the collections of R. A. Andreas, Les Leverett and Packy Smith. Artwork is by Wolfgang Taubenauer and Nadine Wuppesahl.

 

On the first 102 tracks, Len Slye (Roy Rogers), Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer make up the vocal trio, accompanied by Hugh Farr on the violin. Hugh's brother, Karl, joined the group after that. Bob also plays the string bass and Roy plays rhythm guitar. Although they made very little money from these transcriptions, they got nationwide radio exposure. For your interest, composers, original recording dates and release numbers are given as well as which Pioneer is featured for each song.

 

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Sons of the Pioneers

SONGS OF THE PRAIRIE

Bear Family Records BCD 15710 EI, 1998

August, 1934, Recordings, Inc. 5505 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA

 

CD1

1. Happy Roving Cowboy (Happy Cowboy) (Bob Nolan) B 1679-A; Side A, Bob lead

2. Nellie’s Blue Eyes (My Nellie’s Blue Eyes) (Billy Scanlan) B 1679-A. Side A, Bob lead

3.  Called Away (unknown) B 1679-A; Side A, Bob lead

4.  Old MacDonald Had a Farm (traditional) B 1680-A; side B, Len leads

5.  Peekaboo (Billy Scanlan) B 1680-Side B, Bob leads

6.  The Heavenly Airplane (Bob Nolan) B 1680; Side B, Bob lead

7.  Oh Susanna (Stephen Foster) B 1681-A; Side C, Bob lead

8.  Song of the Prairie (Bob Nolan) B 1681-A; Side C, Spencer lead

9.  Way Out There (Bob Nolan) B 1681-A; Side C

10. Belle of Baltimore (J. G. Evans) B 1682-A; Side D, Bob lead

11. Moonlight on the Prairie (Nolan/Spencer) B 1682-A; Side D, Spencer lead

12. Walk in Jerusalem (spiritual) B 1682-A; Side D, Bob lead

13. Milenburg Joys B 1683-A; Side E Instrumental featuring Hugh Farr with Len on rhythm guitar

14. Cagen [sic] Stomp (Hugh Farr) B 1683-A; Side E, instrumental featuring Hugh with Len on guitar

15. Fire in the Mountains B 1683-A; Side E, instrumental featuring Hugh

16. Whistlin’ Rufus (Kerry Mills/Murdock Lind) B1683-A; Side E, instrumental featuring Hugh

17. White Mule of Mine (Bob Nolan) B 1684-A; Side F, Bob lead

18. Roundup in the Sky (Bob Nolan) B 1684-A; Side F, Spencer lead

19. Hold Him Down (Hold That Critter Down) (Bob Nolan) B 1684-A; Side F, Bob lead slower

20. Fiddlin’ Around (Hugh Farr) B 1684-A; Side F, instrumental featuring Hugh

21. Cowboy’s Night Herd Song (‘Cactus’ Macki MacPeters) B 1685-A; side G, Len solo

22. Betsy From Pike (Old Put aka John A. Stone) B 1685-A; Side G, Bob lead

23. She Came Rolling Down the Mountain (Arthur Lippman/Harry Richman/Manning Sherwin)B 1685-A; Side G, Bob lead

24. My Daddy (Bob Nolan) B 1690-A; Side H, Bob lead

25. Uncle Ned (Old Uncle Ned) (Stephen Foster) B 1690-A; side H, Bob lead

26. Rolling Stones (unknown) B 1690-A; Side H, Bob lead

27. Blue Ridge Mountain Home (Carson Robison) B 1691-A; Side J, Len lead, trio whistling

28. Grandfather’s Clock (Henry Clay Work) B 1691-A; Side J, Spencer lead

29. Hear Dem Bells (David S. McCosh) B 1691-A; Side J, Bob lead

30. Swiss Yodel (Shaefer Grant) B 1692-A; Side K, Len solo great yodeling

31. Rainbow’s End (Bob Nolan) B 1692-A; Side K, Bob solo.

 

CD2

 1. Whoopie-Ty-Yi-Yo (traditional) B 1692-A; Side K, Len lead

 2. St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy) B 1693-A; Side L, instrumental featuring Hugh, Len on rhythm guitar

 3. Kilocycle Stomp (Hugh Farr) B 1693-A, Side L, instrumental featuring Hugh

 4. Kelly Waltz (Hugh Farr) B 1693-A; Side L, instrumental featuring Hugh

 5. Mandy Lee (Thurland Chattaway) B 1694-A; Side M, Spencer lead

 6. Kingdom Coming (Henry Clay Work) B 1694-A; Side M, Bob lead

 7. Dear Evalina (traditional) B 1694-A; Side M, Len lead

 8. Ridin’ Home (Bob Nolan) B 1695-A; Side N, Tim lead

 9. Sagebrush Sea (Bob Nolan) B 1695-A; Side N, Bob lead

10. Get on the Golden Train (spiritual) B 1695-A; Side N, Bob lead with Tim

11. Rosalee (Jimmy Adams) B 1695-A; Side O, Bob lead

12. Nancy Till (traditional) B 1696-A; Side O, Bob lead

13. Spanish Cavalier (William D. Hendrickson) B 1696-A; Side O, Tim lead

14. Hills of Old Montana (Pinky Herman/Bill Barry) B 1728-A; Side P, Len lead

15. Lone Star Trail (traditional) B 1728-A; Side P, Bob, then Len, Tim, etc, alternating leads

16. Little Red Barn (Joe Young/Milton Ager/Jean Schwartz) B 1728-A; Side P, Tim lead

17. Juanita (Caroline Norton) B 1727-A; Side R, Spencer lead

18. Dese Bones Gwine to Rise Again (spiritual) B 1727-A; Side R, Bob lead

19. Fair to Middlin’ (unknown)B 1727-A; Side R, instrumental featuring Hugh

20. Carry Me Back to the Mountain (Carson J. Robison) B 1700-A; Side S, Tim lead

21. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel (Dan Emmett) B 1700-A; Side S, Bob lead

22. When Roundup Time is Over (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent) B 1700-A; Side S, Len lead

23. Prairie Lullaby (Billy Hill) B 1726-A; Side T, Bob lead

24. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (Andrew B. Sterling/Harry von Tilzer) B 1726-A; Side T, Bob lead

25. Little Brown Jug (R. A. Eastburn_ B 1726-A; Side T, Tim lead, last two verses are Roy.

26. Home on the Range (Dr. Brewster Higley/Dan Kelley) B 1702-A; Side U, Bob lead, then Tim

27. Sidewalk Waltz (Joe Young/J. Fred Coots) B 1702-A; Side U, Tim lead

28. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (Stanley Murphy/Percy Wenrich) B 1702-A; Side U, Bob lead

 

CD 3

 1. Hills of Old Kentucky (In the Hills of Old Kentucky) (Chas. Johnson/Jas. Royce Shannon) B 1706-A; Side V, Bob lead

 2. Apple Blossom Time in Normandy (Tom Mellor/Harry Gifford/Huntley Trevor) B 1706-A; Side V, Tim lead

 3. Cabin in the Lane (Will S. Hays) B 1706-A; Side V, Bob lead

 4. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (James A. Bland) B 1707-A; Side W, Spencer lead, Roy/Tim duet, Bob counterpoint.

 5. Home in Wyoming (Billy Hill/Peter de Rose) B 1707-A; Side W, Tim lead

 6. Open Up Them Pearly Gates (Carson Robison/Vernon Dalhart) B 1707-A; Side W, Bob then Len lead

 7. Dem Golden Bells (Dion De Marbelle) B 1708-A; Side X, Bob lead

 8. Hadie Brown (Jimmie Rodgers/Elsie McWilliams) B 1708-A; Side X, Len solo plus yodel

 9. My Old Kentucky Home (Stephen Foster) B 1708-A; Side X, Tim lead

10. Cowboy’s Dance (traditional) B 1709-A; Side Y, Bob lead

11. My Pretty Quadroon (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent/Mary Dodge) B 1709-A; Side Y, Len lead

12. Way Out West in Kansas (Carson J. Robison) B 1709-A; Side Y, Bob lead

13. Giddyap, Napoleon (Benjamin Hapgood Burt) B 1714-A; Side Z, Len lead

14. Abdul Abulbul Amir (Percy French) B 1714-A; Side Z, Bob solo

15. Preacher and the Bear (Joe Arizona) B 1714-A; Side Z, Len solo

16. Threw it Out the Window (traditional) B 1715-A; Side AA, Len lead

17. Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown (Andrew B. Sterling/Harry von Tilzen) B 1715-A; Side AA, Tim lead

18. Casey Jones (Eddie Newton/T. Lawrence Seibert) B 1715-A; Side AA, Len lead

19. Wait For the Wagon (George P. Knauff/R. bishop Buckley) B 1715-A; Side AA, Len lead

20. Oh, Mona (Ted Weems/Country Washburn) B1716-A; Side BB, Len lead

21. Go Long, Mule (Henry Creamer/Robert A. King) B 1716-A; Side BB, Bob lead

22. When the Golden Train Comes Down (Bob Nolan) B 1716-A; Side BB, Len lead

23. Texas Crapshooter B 1716-A; Side BB, instrumental featuring Hugh

24. 11 More Months and 10 More Days (Arthur Fields/Fred Hall) B 1717-A; Side CC, Bob lead

25. Somewhere in Old Wyoming (Charlie Tobias/Peter de Rose) B 1717-A; Side CC, Tim lead

26. Seaside Schottische (unknown) B 1717-A; Side CC, instrumental featuring Hugh

27. Little Annie Rooney (Michael Nolan) B 1719-A; Side DD, Bob lead

28. The Big Corral (Romaine Lowdermilk/James Rowe/Emmett S. Dean) B 1719-A; Side DD, Len lead

29. At the End of the Lane (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent) B 1719-A; Side DD, Bob lead

 

CD 4

 1. Ain’t We Crazy (unknown) B 1720-A; Side EE, Len lead

 2. Gentle Nettie Moore (Marshall S. Pike/James Pierpont) B 1720-A; Side EE, Bob lead

 3. Jim Crack Corn (Dan Emmett) B 1720-A; Side EE, Bob lead

 4. Skinner’s Sock (traditional) B 1721-A; Side FF, instrumental featuring Hugh

 5. Old Pine Tree (unknown) B 1721-A; Side FF, instrumental featuring Hugh

 6. Whing Ding (Hugh Farr) B 1721-A; Side FF, instrumental featuring Hugh

 7. Sailor’s Hornpipe (traditional) B 1721-A; Side FF, instrumental featuring Hugh.

 8. Alabamy Stomp (unknown) B 1722-A; Side GG, instrumental featuring Hugh

 9. Cider Schottische (traditional) B 1722-A; Side GG, instrumental featuring Hugh.

10. Rye Straw (unknown) B 1722-A; Side GG, instrumental featuring Hugh

11. Square Dance (traditional) B 1722-A; Side GG, solo by Len, featuring Hugh

12. Dear Old Girl (Richard H. Buck/Theodore F. Morse) B 1723-A; Side HH, Len lead

13. Carry Me Along (Stephen Foster) B 1723-A; Side HH, Bob lead

14. The Gospel Train (traditional) B 1723-A; side HH, Bob lead

 

c. SEPTEMBER 1935, Karl Farr joins the group with his guitar.

 

15. Whispering Wind (Tim Spencer) B 3060-A; Side JJ, Bob lead

16. Sing, Cowboy, Sing (Tim Spencer) B 3060-A; Side JJ, Len lead

17. A Sandman Lullaby (Bob Nolan) B 3060-A; Side JJ, Bob lead

18. Blue Prairie (Tim Spencer/Bob Nolan) B 3061-A; Side KK, Bob lead

19. A Summer Night’s Rain (Bob Nolan) B 3061-A; Side KK, Len sings bridge, Bob another, then Len

20. Syncopated Rhythm (Karl Farr) B 3061-A; Side KK, instrumental featuring Karl Farr.

21. Old Oaken Bucket (Samuel Woodworth/George Kiallmark) B 3062-A; Side LL, Bob lead

22. Chant of the Plains (Bob Nolan) B 3062-A: Side LL, Bob lead

23. Bluebird Blues (Hugh Farr) B 3062-A; Side LL, instrumental featuring Hugh.

24. Old Black Joe (Stephen Foster) B 3063-A; Side MM, Len lead

25. I Miss You So, My Darling (Bob Nolan) B 3063-A; Side MM, Bob lead

26. Barnyard Jubilee (Bob Nolan) B 3063-A; Side MM, Bob lead

27. Sweet Genevieve (Henry Tucker/George Cooper) B 3372-A; Side NN, Tim lead

28. Chuckwagon Blues (Rusty/Wayne/Homer Wood) B 3372-A; Side NN, Bob lead

29. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (James A. Bland) B 3372-A; Side NN, Len lead

30. In the Gloaming (Annie Fortesque Harrison/Meta Orred) B 3366-A; Side OO, Tim lead

31. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Sarah Hannah Sheppard) B 3366-A; Side OO, Bob lead, Len “Swing low”

 

CD 5

 1. Prairie Reverie (Karl Farr) B 3366-A; side OO, instrumental featuring Karl

 2. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (J. T. Wood/H. J. Fulmer) B 3367-A; Side PP, Tim lead

 3. That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine (Gene Autry/Jimmy Long) B 3367-A; Side PP, Roy solo/yodel

 4. Prairie Whing Ding (Hugh Farr) B 3367-A; Side PP, featuring Hugh, Len calling the square dance.

 5. Water of the Blue Juanita (Juniata) (Marion Dix Sullivan) B 3368-A; Side QQ, Bob lead

 6. Bonnie Eloise (George W. Elliott/John R. Thomas) B 3368-A; Side QQ, Bob lead

 7. Buffalo Gals (Cool White aka John Hodges) B 3368-A; Side QQ, Len lead

 8. Gentle Annie (Stephen Foster) B 3373-A; Side RR, Tim lead.

 9. When You and I Were Young, Maggie (George W. Johnson/James A. Butterfield) B 3373-A; Side RR, Tim lead.

10. Desert Hokum (Hugh and Karl Farr) B 3373-A; Side RR, instrumental featuring Farrs

11. Dear Old Western Skies (Gene Autry) b 3374-A; Side SS, Len solo/yodel

12. Pass Around the Bottle (George Yellow Hammers/Henry Clay Work) B 3374-A; Side SS, Len, Tim, then Bob in turn.

13. Roving Gambler (traditional) B 3374-A; Side SS, Bob lead.

14. Just Before the Battle, Mother (George Frederick Root) B3375-A; Side TT, Tim lead

15. Long Long Ago (Thomas Haynes Bayly) B 3375-A; Side TT, Tim lead

16. Shamus O’ Brien (traditional) B 3375-A; Side TT, instrumental featuring Hugh.

17. Strawberry Roan (Curley Fletcher/Fred Howard/Nat Vincent) B 3376-A; side UU, Len lead

18. Blue Bonnets (unknown) B 3376-A; Side UU, Bob solo

19. Dem Golden Slippers (James A. Bland) B 3376-A; Side UU, Tim lead.

20. While I Rock Our Babies to Sleep (Jimmie Rodgers) B 3377-A; Side W, Len solo/yodel

21. Mexicali Rose (Helen Stone/Jack B. Tenney) B 3377-A; Side W, Tim solo

22. ‘A’ Rag (Hugh and Karl Farr) B 3377-A; Side W, instrumental

23. Mellow Alabama Moon (Fred Howard/Nat Vincent) B 3388-A; Side WW, Len lead

24. Royal Telephone (F. M. Lehman) B 3388-A; Side WW, Bob lead

25. Hey There (Hugh Farr) B 3388-A; Side WW, instrumental featuring Hugh

26. The Day I Played Baseball (Pat Rooney) B 3389-A; Side XX, Tim solo

27. Stars of the West (Tim Spencer) B 3389-A; Side XX, Len lead

28. When It’s Autumn in the Hills of California (Jessie Warner Dunford) B 3389-A; Side XX, Bob/Roy duet

29. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Bob Nolan) B 1729-A; theme Disc (c. SEPTEMBER 1934; the theme song is inserted here from an earlier recording.)

30. Echoes From the Hills (Bob Nolan) B 2542-A; disc 1, Len lead

31. The Glendy Burke (Stephen Foster) B 2542-A; Disc 1, Bob lead

32. Louisiana Belle (Stephen Foster) B 2542-A; Disc 1, Bob lead