January 7, 2015
never heard of him before starting that project. He was quite a man, and I thank
you for recording so much information about him.
again for your very good work.
January 31, 2015
DAVE BOURNE PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY, JAN. 30, 2015
We could never thank him enough for his support of our Bob Nolan project since 1998. Any time we needed his help recording a newly-discovered Bob Nolan song, Dave willingly produced a fine copy, playing all the instruments and singing all the parts himself. Just before the last Christmas we asked him if he could make a recording of Bob's "A Prayer for Christmas Time" for the home page of this website and he made it immediately. We had no idea he was so ill or that the recording would be the last he made. We miss him already.
June 06, 2016
I went to the art museum where Cheryl Rogers was talking today. The art museum is going a lot on western art and things associated with the west. Today was Cheryl Rogers who spoke about Roy and Dale. She showed a 25 minute video someone made on Roy's life and also a lot on the Pioneers. I noticed one clip was from "Man From Oklahoma" and it was one that I have never seen before. It was where Roy calls the square dance with the Pioneers on stage but showed dancers dancing in front of him. This was an extended version of the square dance. Apparently she got this from someone who has the uncut version of the movie. Below is a photo of what I saw on the screen today. I asked her where she got this from and she said someone made it for her. She told me to email her and she might be able to assist me in getting a copy of the movie. I plan to do that. In the uncut version of this movie there are more songs with Roy and the Pioneers.
June 30, 2015
An entertainer was at a gathering a few weeks ago and had been playing cowboy songs, quite a few of Bob's. When he said he was going to do "Along the Navajo Trail" by Bob Nolan, without thinking, I put in my two cents' worth and said, "He didn't write that one." He questioned me and I told him I was positive. He accepted my word after a little discussion.
You’re right, Grace! "Along the Navajo Trail" was written by Larry Markes, Dick Charles and Eddie De Lange. Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers sang it in the movie of the same name.
June 30, 2015
It is amazing how many people make wrong assumptions about who wrote a song or even what its title might be over the years when it only takes a little bit of work (oops, can't use that word, bad connotation), a little bit of effort to learn the facts.
Song credits can usually be found on record labels, sheet music, in song books and liner notes, and in the front credits of many films. Nowadays with the 5 minutes of credit crawl at the end of films you will usually find music credits there. Nowadays, also, it is extremely easy to learn the credits of a song simply by typing the title into your Google, Bing or other search slot and reading the results.
Most libraries have reference volumes like:
Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America
The Great Song Thesaurus - Lax
Popular Song Index (4 volumes)
Popular Music (original editor Nat Hentoff) multiple volumes by decade.
Avoid the Song Index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore) since it has two very irritable problems.
1. Only last names are given in the song credits so there is no differentiation of songs written by writers with the same last names.
2. This presents an additional problem in the Writer Index when you look up, say - NOLAN, and go down the list of titles you will find "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and others by BOB Nolan intermixed with songs like "Little Annie Rooney" written by MICHAEL Nolan all lumped together under NOLAN.
For specialist collectors Cinema Sheet Music by Stubblebine. If the song was a big part of a movie it was most likely issued on sheet music or in a song book and in this volume.
July 1, 2015
The lyrics for
Down Where the Rio Flows on the Bob Nolan webpage do not include the
Spanish. Do you know where they might be found and who spoke them so poetically?
The spoken words in the song were by Ken Carson. The translation is courtesy of OJ Sikes:
Here’s the Spanish, altho there are
several mistakes. I’ve left it as they wrote it:
July 2, 2015
This has long been one
of my favorite Sons of the Pioneers songs. I've long
been interested in what I call "sweet talk,"
especially cross-culturally (e.g., in the movie,
"Walkabout"). Or pan-culturally. And, of course, I
love to use it. A woman translated it for me from
the record in about 1958. At the time I was doing it
phonetically, and screwing it up a bit, not knowing
In Down Where the Rio
Flows, I "knew" intuitively, that the whole piece was
special as art, the whole folded together into a
synergistic peak experience from the "parts."
Now I am getting "curiouser
and curiouser," about how this piece came together.
Apart from that, Nolan's unique
voice always "made" the Sons of the Pioneers music, and songs
without him rang untrue.
July 18, 2015
In the FAQ section it was asked if Bob
Nolan did any commercials or voice overs. Only one voice over is
July 30, 2015
Huge collection of Sons of the Pioneers items for sale. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 7, 2015
Does anyone have a recording from the
Lucky U Broadcasts of Shug Fisher's version of "I Taut I Taw a Puddy
September 21, 2015
The Brian Wilson story, the songwriter who created the Beach
Boys. Very good. Don't miss it. Ten thumbs up.
Here is the answer to your director
question, and others, regarding Love and Mercy.
October 21, 2015
If you haven't read it already, you must find a copy of "Ghost Riders in the Sky -The Life of Stan Jones the Singing Ranger" by Michael K. Ward. Well written and full of information on the man who wrote a good many of our favorite Sons of the Pioneers' songs. An excellent read and most informative. It is available at Amazon.com.
December 2, 2015 The Glen Campbell Show featuring Roy and Dale.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq5Mu3YM3E4 They sing "Song of the Bandit".
December 3, 2015
Hello, I am a Botkin family historian and Perry Botkin Sr. is a 2nd cousin to my father (his son Perry Jr. and I are 3rd cousins).
I just came across your great website about Bob Nolan, and I was especially interested in the photo on this page of Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers, and Perry Botkin and his Goodyear Rubber Band.
I was wondering if you would be willing to email me a higher resolution version of that photo. I will share it with Perry Jr. and his sister Molly. I have gone through Perry Jr's memorabilia with Perry Jr. and Molly (now housed at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY), and this particular photo is not among his collection. It's always meaningful to us when we find a new photo.
I thank you for your consideration.
Jan Botkin Therkildsen
December 11, 2015
Here are some I have never seen before. Looks like the early to mid 1960's. I wonder what show they were on.
- Fred Sopher
Contact John Fullerton, Fred. He'll know.
December 11, 2015
The three listed SOP appearances at the bottom [of the above YouTube pages] omitted this one since it wasn't strict cowboy stuff but it has some things the others don't. Johnny Bond, Carl Cotner and some unidentified singers joining the SOP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Axdz2_wRAHe
According to OJ this was a Melody Ranch program on which Gene Autry didn't take part.
- Larry Hopper
December 18, 2015
Thomas "Snuff" Garrett died yesterday [December 17, 2015] about 5:30p. As you know he produced Bob's last album. He was also known for the series "FIfty Guitars of Tommy Garrett" and produced many recording artists and theme albums, notably Rhapsodies for Young Lovers. On the first of the Rhapsody albums the girl model went on to become Mrs Kenny Rogers.