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January 16, 2012
Was Betty White on the Lucky U program in May 1953? My sister and I went to the show and they picked my sister to come on stage. We have a photo of her and Ken Curtis and Shug Fisher. We were told that the blonde lady in the photo was Betty White. We were able to listen to the show on the radio the next day. We had a lot of fun laughing at my sister's deep southern accent when she told them her name was Linda and she was from Mississippi.
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Do you mean Betty Taylor? We’d love to see your picture, Bobbie Jean, and we could add it to our Ken Curtis page. Anyway, we’re very happy to hear from you and we hope you find our website enjoyable. Thanks for taking the time to write.
January 17, 2012
I am attaching the photo to this message. I (Bobbie Bentley Stiles) am standing in front of Ken Curtis; Linda Bentley Tripp in front of Betty and a friend Nancy in front of Shug Fisher. My family had taken vacation to visit family and friends in California in the month of May, 1953. It was quite an experience driving from Mississippi to California with no ac. My sister and I were 8 and 10 so I am sure my parents were ready to pull out their hair. LOL
January 20, 2012
My mother used to sing this song to us when we were children. She said she heard the song on the radio in the Hollis, Oklahoma area when she was a little girl. (Born 1934) I had never heard the whole song...just the parts she could remember. I will have to share this with her! :-)
January 20, 2012
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January 21, 2012
I grew up with the original Sons of the Pioneers. My father took us to all of the movies. We lived in Arizona and California. Bob Nolan was the greatest.
February 14, 2012
Hello Mr. Coburn,
February 26, 2010
slide shows didn't work - computer script only
March 8, 2010
Thank you for letting us know, Mark. It seems that the newer computers with 64-bit Windows were unable to open the slideshows so we bought new software and we're in the process of rebuilding the page. It's almost done now, if you'd like to take a look.
March 9, 2012
Just finished viewing the ROMANCE ON THE RANGE and the slide show. Slide show is marvelous. What a genius you are. I thank you for all the picture credits. The movie is a favorite of mine. Always enjoy it. Have a good copy of it. The site is first class. Always good. buddy bryant
March 28, 2012
My sons and I sing cowboy songs at our local museum, Rockwell Museum of Western Art, in Corning, NY. Of course, our favorites are by the Sons of the Pioneers, the best written by Bob Nolan. We never charge for our work. If paid, we donate the proceeds to Catholic Charities. But I digress... My older son goes to great lengths to pick the harmonies off the soundtracks. It takes him quite some time to get it perfect. I was wondering if there is sheet music with the parts written out that I could purchase to save him the time? He has a large family and time is short for him.
We are called The Tumbleweeds and you can find some of our singing on youtube where we share with friends. If you'd like to hear a song, put in The Tumbleweeds and Rockwell. We've learned to yodel, but nothing like Roy and Bob, and have worked up a pretty good train whistle. It has been fun over the past few years to get into the music more and learn more about the history of the SOTP and the prolific songwriting of your grandfather... what intricate, beautiful internal rhymes he penned during his life. There are also some songs we learn like "Rodeo Road" and "Sierra Nevada" that I cannot find any record of writer... but they are fun to sing. The more complex the harmony, the more we enjoy learning. Hope I haven't bored you but if you can help us with music and how to obtain it, I would appreciate it.
Bryan Lanahan, Sr.
It's always so good to hear from folks who still play the old Sons of the Pioneers songs. Calin has made available many of Bob Nolan's songs scanned from his original folios. I'll give you the link and you can check them out. You may also be interested in just the lyrics with the chords marked in, also on our site.
April 7, 2012
Yes, we have seen the transcription discs although we don’t personally own any. We have all the music on CD now. They were recorded from 1934-5. To read more about them, check out this page on our website and select the last of the quick links at the top of the page: BOB NOLAN: EARLY LIFE AND CAREER (1935-1940)
May 17, 2012
An old friend and customer of mine recently took over a family owned softwater company and asked me to help him promote it. They serve a 9-county area in west-central Ohio/Indiana. The owner and I are of a similar age and both remember Cool Water. He got a recording of the song with his first record player as a gift in the early 50s. I started on a search for the song, hoping to use portions of it in radio ads.
Anyway, to business. Can you help me find someone who can help in licensing Bob Nolan's Cool Water recording for a radio commercial? I am more of a graphics person and music rights issues are new to me. I appreciate your help.
You may think me crazy but looking at early photos of Mr. Nolan..he could have easily found work in Hollywood..cast as a Frenchman or even Spanish Basque. Just place a Beret on his head..and Voila, Monsieur Nolan!
May 28, 2012
I am a
MAJOR Bob Nolan fan, so much so that I hope to name my first son for him! Have
yall ever considered making all the movies he played in, in a set? I have as
many as I can find but some I'm having trouble with, especially his earliest
films. Any feedback you can give me would thrill me!
We would love to see a boxed set of Bob's films for sale somewhere, too. The next best thing is to contact Jimmie Willhelm in Texas. He has most of the films for sale on DVD. For more information, see Jimmie's page on our site: http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Reflections/Reflections%20htms/Willhelm.htm
June 1, 2012
just wanted you to know I absolutely adore your grandfather! Bob Nolan was a
gift on loan from Heaven and though he died before I was born, if there was a
time machine, I'd meet him first and foremost! As a writer myself, I often think
of him as I write...I'm pretty sure a poem or song about him is going to pop out
on my paper one day!
Jimmie Rodgers has an excellent version of Tumbling Tumbleweeds on his Twilight on the Trail album.
July 3, 2012
My cup runneth over as I contemplate all of the
service, efforts, appreciation and assistance in my efforts to keep this music
alive and growing a new audience. I have been humbled by your comments and
timely responses to my request. I only wish that I could make this material
available at no cost to your faithful followers. Thank you both for a
spectacular web site where all are free to contribute. May a Loving God add His
blessings on your efforts,
As a kid growing up in Las Cruces NM during the 1940s, I would go to the movies and then come home and play cowboy. I did not play Roy, Gene or Hoppy much, on occasion I would be Wild Bill Elliot or Johnny Mack Brown but mostly I was Bob Nolan! I loved his voice and acting (though at the time, I did not know it was acting) He was a cowboy, just a little bit biggern me, that's all. Thanks for all the memories.
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July 30, 2012
Since you appreciate Western music and its history, I'm going to attach a picture of our old band, which we called "The Dudes." Most of the guys have passed on now, or I've lost touch with them. I'll be 79 on Wednesday, and I still remember them and the music fondly. We sang "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Biscuit Blues," "He's a no-good Son-of-a-Gun" and many other Bob Nolan songs. We sang mostly at school events, although we were on TV once with Del Moore. I was surprised to find that one of our favorites, "Ridin' Down the Canyon," wasn't written by Bob Nolan. It was supposedly written by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnett, although I remember your website said that Gene Autry demanded co-writing credit for the songs he sang.
August 6, 2012
hey...watched this the other night. a movie based
on the original Phantom Empire serial series...
Here's another one i watched on the Public Domain site: http://archive.org/details/SongOfArizona
Thanks, Mike. The edited versions were cut for TV in the 50s and, alas, cut songs instead of action.
August 11, 2012
There has always been debate about what “Dan”
was in “Cool Water” – a horse or a burro - depending on whether the composer was
a cowboy or a prospector. Because of the line “Dan’s feet are sore”, I’ve always
had the impression that Dan was a horse but Dick Foran in a July 17, 1943,
10-2-4 Ranch radio program, described “Dan” as being a prospector’s burro. Dick
likely had that information straight from Bob who was in that same program.
August 16, 2012
I was surprised to find Bob Nolan / Sound of a Pioneer (CD) available at Amazon for . . . $999.99!
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August 17, 2012
you might be interested in this. There's a clip on YouTube with trailers for
several Charles Starrett westerns, and I noticed that in the trailer for "Riders
of Black River," you can hear "Where the Rio Rolls Along" being sung in the
background. So it appears it must have originally been in the film after all.
August 19, 2012
September 5, 2012
wanted to say how much I have enjoyed looking through your website. Every time I
look at it I wonder if I have even scratched the surface of all the items
lurking there. I grew up loving the music of the Sons. I still take them with me
everywhere I go.
Long-time member of the Sons of the Pioneers and our good friend, Gary LeMaster passed away Sunday, Sept 9th after a long battle with cancer. (O J Sikes)
September 17, 2012
I run a
Southern Gospel Station in Walnut Mississippi. Mr. Bob Nolan wrote the Title
Song of The Statesmen Quartet album on RCA "The Mystery of His Way" that was a
Long Play Album in 1963 with an Artist's rendition of Sunlight shining through
Redwood Trees onto a Man on the forest floor with The Blue Shadows of the trail
on the Redwood Trees. I Think at That Point Tim Spencer was a California RCA
Distributor he may Have wrote the Liner Notes. Mr Jake Hess, Lead Singer for The
Statesmen was the featured Vocalist on "Mystery" and 3 decades later was
Featured on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Videos. I don’t Believe I Have ever
heard another Quartet do the song. I am Unsure if The Song "Blue Shadows on The
Trail" was a Bob Nolan song, but if it is I Think It is Just as Gospel to Me as
any other Quartet song I Play. I am a Hillbilly Songwriter and I got an Idea for
a Song Called "Trail's End" that I Had Bob in The Back of My Head writing It. I
Cant write a Cowboy Song as Good as Bob Nolan I don’t Believe anyone can, or
Ever Will. He's too good for Comprehension. I Keep My Lyrics in a Paper Sack I
wonder If Bob Nolan had a Paper Sack Full Of Lyrics
• Bob Nolan kept his lyrics in his garage and in his home. Unfortunately, he lost hundreds of unpublished lyrics in a garage fire in the late 1940s.
• "Blue Shadows on the Trail" was written by Johnny Lange and Eliot Daniel and was published in 1947.
• "The Mystery of His Way" was recorded by the Sons of the Pioneers more than once but the best known was on the album "Sons of the Pioneers Sing Hymns of the Cowboy" released in 1963.
September 18, 2012
wanted to pass on some feelings about Bob's "Cool Water" ... from the
perspective of a 75-year old gypsy.
October 5, 2012
I was pleased to find your Bob Nolan web page and even more excited to find it was so complete. Even though I am only 64 years old, The Sons Of The Pioneers music took me though my childhood as my parents and relatives often played their music on the old style phonograph. Now that I am retired and have time to devote to me pleasures, I find I am immersed in the B-Westerns and the personalities that were featured in them. Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan are possibly my two favorites. Bob Nolan for his supreme talent of writing and performing true authentic and original western music and Roy Rogers for his message to us kids of the 50’s on how to live a quality life.
I live out on 22 acres in Creston, CA (93432) and spend time in the desert southwest in the winters. The open range, it’s animals, sparse vegetation, forever skyline, sunrises and sunsets along with moon and the stars, and the sounds and smells this landscape creates all seem to be in a Bob Nolan song. If there ever was a person who could write and sing and bring the listener closer to the God of his choice, it certainly was Bob Nolan.
I’d hope your web pages would find their way into many homes and more important schools so the current generations can discover what pure poetic genius of the pioneer sprit is all about.
October 16, 2012
have written before about a few things, but I've been meaning to
write about this for a few months. There was a page which listed
three columns of artists who recorded Cool Water and being from
Massachusetts I just wanted to say the Boston Pops version is just
beautiful. I'm sorry I can't find it on any album. Keep up the good
work. Enjoy this site very much.
October 20, 2012
acquired a guitar and on the back of it there is a plaque that says
Andrew Slye Duck Run. I am assuming this belonged to Roy Rogers
Father Andrew Slye.
November 27, 2012
family is a big-time fan of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and the Sons of the Pioneers.
I have one question: Were any of them Christians? The group has some wonderful
music. They are truly missed.
I understand that Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Tim & Velma Spencer belonged to a Hollywood Christian Fellowship.
December 12, 2012
December 19, 2012
better and better. I love the video clips of Bob singing.
December 19, 2012
aticle from the hall of fame hoss opera states that there was none for 1949.But
I have a program from that year and it is definatly different than the 1948
program yours shows .It was held inthe S.F.Civic auditorium,in Oakland.Thought
you may want to know.
We are still wondering about that one, too. We understand that, although the brochures were printed, etc, the show didn't happen. We are still waiting for confirmation in the form of a newspaper clipping, ticket stub, etc. Thank you for taking the time to write.
December 28, 2012
I bought a couple of their cd's and was treated to
some of the best music I have heard in years. As I am a part time
musician/guitar player I was blown away by the lyrical and musical arrangements
of these songs. Then I discovered the website dedicated to your grandfather and
the other pioneers and what an education I received. I am 62 years old and not
easily impressed, but the talent these men possessed particularly Bob Nolan's
song writing skills and Hugh and Karl Farr's musicianship on their respective
instruments is amazing. To me this music is as fresh today as it must have been
nearly eighty years ago.
We certainly accept your kind offer to share
your transcribed chords and we will be delighted to add them to our site. We
would create a page for you similar to Sr. Fiorelli’s.
You would have your own page so you could add to them whenever you wish.