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February 8, 2016 Old cowboy movies
March 10, 2016
Roy with Beryl Wallace in Sunset on the Desert
April 5, 2016
Hi Calin and Elizabeth,
You have the right address now! It's wonderful to see how the music still fascinates and entertains. Thank you so much for letting us know and for sending us the videos. Yes, the Pioneers' music made it into many movies they didn't appear in personally.
You may not have discovered this page of Bob Nolan's songs as I'm not quite finished building it. I've deliberately made it harder to find until it's complete.
I do have the song, "Good Neighbor", from Heldorado on this page. Click on "Songs". It includes the Spanish version.
If you think I can help you in any way, just ask. I'll be delighted.
Best wishes, Elizabeth
April 6, 2016 Orthacoustic / Thesaurus radio transcriptions; A guide
As you have probably noticed
people, mainly collectors, have used the terms Orthacoustic and Thesaurus
interchangeably when referring to RCA Victor transcriptions.
THESAURUS was not the only
programming category issued by RCA-Victor. Many smaller size libraries of
special interest were released to radio stations such as Symphonies of the Sage
by the Sons of the Pioneers.
April 7, 2016
I've got a question. Something that's bothered me for years. We all know Roy Rogers is known as King of the Cowboys. The question is, how did this come to pass? I don't recall there ever being a vote for King of the Cowboys, and I was seven at the time. Perhaps I missed something in a fan magazine or a newspaper contest. The last probably in the regional papers.
My sense of how Roy became King of the Cowboys was that Republic had a habit of using various gimmicks in their film titles (Days of ..., / Bells of .... / Fighting ... / Heart of ... / In Old ...), you get the idea. One of their gimmick was King of.... This began with KING OF THE PECOS (1936 03 09) and was followed by:
KING OF THE NEWSBOYS 1938 03 18
KING OF THE ROYAL MOUNTED 1940 09 20
KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS 1941 10 04
KING OF THE MOUNTIES 1942 10 10
KING OF THE COWBOYS 1943 09 09
KING OF THE FOREST RANGERS 1946 04 27
KING OF THE GAMBLERS 1948 05 07
KING OF THE ROCKET MEN 1949 06 07
a slight variant - RADAR PATROL vs. SPY KING
KING OF THE CARNIVAL 1955 05 11
Does anyone have any memorabilia, newspaper or magazine clippings supporting either the studio decision on the use of the title or was it given as a result of an election or poll?
April 14, 2016
To the best of my knowledge, Republic decided RR was King of the Cowboys and spent much money to publicize it. In THE SINGING COWBOYS by David Rothel, page 121, mentions money spent and how the news was distributed to the public. I have seen mention of this in other books and it was always Republic’s idea to brand RR as King of the Cowboys.
May 5, 2016
One time co-star with Roy Rogers in
July 16, 2016
I'm from Chicago visiting Winnipeg right now
until Monday. Is there some place here where there is a Bob Nolan display?
I'm sorry to have to tell you, Maria, that the Canadian government moves slowly. The memorial has not been designated yet and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame still has the ashes.
July 24, 2016 Bob Nolan story as a movie?
Saw this last night, "I Saw The Light," the
Hank Williams story. It's been getting a lot of mixed and sorta bad reviews,
but I can't see why, I thought it was excellent. Watch the trailer, rent the
movie, should be on Netflix by now. The director, Marc Abraham, does a fine
job, difficult subject, and Tom Hiddleston is superb as Hank Williams, my
opinion. Maybe the critics just don't understand or appreciate what they're
July 30, 2016 Re: Picture on the Mystery Photos page.
This picture must have been taken during a
Sons of the Pioneer's appearance on the Hoagy Carmichael radio show in 1945.
There's a picture on Western Clippings of Dale Evans and Hoagy Carmichael
and he appears to be wearing the same suit. ~ Kristy See
August 10, 2016 Sons of the Pioneers Live at the McPherson Opera House on Oct. 15th, 2016 at 7:30pm. Tickets: McPhersonOperaHouse.org
August 13, 2016
My name is Stephen Van Osdell and I just found
your Bob Nolan site. I used to collect SOP music starting in early 70’s. I’m
67 now. I used to know Fred Goodwin well back around 1980. Saw the SOP’s in
person in Collegedale TN back in 1981. I still play their music often. Do
you know what happened to the transcription disc collection that was being
held by the John Edwards Memorial Foundation in California? Was it taken
over by another University maybe? I hope it is not lost. I understand Ken
Griffis passed away. Do you know when? You can find me on facebook. My reel
to reel copy of the Orthacoustic Transcriptions is getting pretty old. Are
they now available somewhere on CD’s? Keep in touch and nice to talk to
Bob’s grandson. I grew up with him it seems.
The Orthacoustic Transcriptions have been reissued as two albums: "Sons of the Pioneers, the Essential Collection" and "Sons of the Pioneers, Symphonies of the Sage". (Both albums are available on www.amazon.com and other venues.) To see the track lists, go to the Discography page on our website and select the album cover. Neither album has the total collection of Orthacoustic Transcriptions. We supply the information but we do not sell the CDs.
Ken Griffis passed away in 2008 and a great deal of his collection was donated to the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina where the John Edwards Memorial Foundation material is archived. To learn more about the collection, email Steve Weiss, Director of the Southern Folklife Collection.)
September 11, 2016
I thought you might be interested in this
excerpt from Cleda Slye Willoughby's book, My Brother, Roy, if you haven't
read it before. Cleda provides an interesting, if opionionated, view of
Roy's life throughout her part of the book. This is the only reference to
the Pioneers that is of any importance, and here Cleda is talking about her
and Roy's mother, Mattie Slye.
Thanks, Kristy, for the heads up on the book. Nice to have the story of Bob's nose job confirmed, too. Check out this page on our site: http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Recollections/LaVida%20Brickner/Brickner,%20LaVida.htm for more on poor Bob's nose. In fact, he wasn't the one who decided to have a nose job. The owner of Columbia Pictures ordered it!
October 26, 2016
my Ebay searching for Roy Rogers pictures I discovered a photo collection
that has just come up for sale. It's someone's collection of over 150 old
photographs. Some of them include autographs, but the thing I noticed was
that Roy Rogers and other members of the Pioneers are the subjects of some
of the photos. Anyway, just thought I'd let you know in case you at the Bob
Nolan website wanted them.
Here's the link if you're interested:
November 17, 2016
Saw Rusty Richards here in Loomis at the Cowpoke Poetry Gathering Friday last. He's looking great, sounding better than ever. Do you have his new CD, Trails Old & New? One of the very best ever, by anyone, he's outdone himself in every way, awesome songwriting, his voice has never been better, great guitar work.
Yes, it's a great album. Contact Rusty for your copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
01. Jim's Marker
02. Take Me Home, Lord
03. I Long to go Back to Wyoming
04. I Love America
05. Night Hawk
06. Take a Last Look at the Clown
07. It's Never Too Late to be a Cowboy
09. Back when the Longhorn was King
10. White Water River
11. Gettin' High on Life
12. Old Pioneers
December 4, 2016
Affordable Old Time Radio Sons of the Pioneers shows on one DVD on eBay:
This series is available as 330 digital mp3
episodes archived on one DVD. Because the content is digital, the programs on