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January 17, 2017

Interesting article on Roy's [Rogers] color movies: Click here

Fred Sopher


January 29, 2017

 May all you other Pioneer admirers have a wonderful day on Lloyd Perryman's 100th birthday anniversary!
I think a lot of people would agree that what Lloyd was to the Pioneers is what a horse's hooves are to the horse---no hoof, no horse. No Lloyd, no Pioneers. ;-)
God bless!


Thank you for the reminder, Kristy. Without Lloyd, there would have been no Sons of the Pioneers Sound as we know it today!


January 30, 2017

Hi Elizabeth, the link from Lyrics; Happy Cowboy; More Information About this Song; Song Of the Saddle soundtrack; brings up movie dialog only.
Best Regards
Ian Sparrow


If you listen carefully behind the dialogue, Ian, you'll hear the Pioneers playing "Happy Cowboy" as an instrumental.


February 2, 2017

I've enjoyed Bob Nolan for decades but now I have retired I'm really getting into his work. Your site is truly epic. Do you know if anyone is considering a movie of his life? His love affair with the natural wonders is quite unique and so very special. No one has ever written or sung so evocatively about the elements.



Thank you for the good words, Ian. Our purpose is to correct all the misinformation about Bob Nolan that is out there on the Web and showcase his music.

As far as a movie goes, many fans would like to see one produced but there's a problem - there's simply not enough information about his personal life on which to base a drama - and a movie must have drama. Bob was just too private an individual to leave any information about himself for historians to use. The producer and screen writer would have to make up a lot and that's not what his real fans would like to see.

Also, movies are expensive to make....


February 4, 2017

I've just found the Sons of the Pioneers version of "Little Spaceman" on your site. How did the RCA recording come in to such a poor state?


This is a bit of a mystery. The recording was never released by RCA Victor but Bob Nolan must have obtained a pre-release copy. His grandson said it looked like it had been played to death so we presume Bob liked it and played it a lot. So, in order for Bob's fans to hear it, we sent the song to Dave Bourne to make a new demo. He did a great job but we are still looking for a better copy of the RCA original.

Here are two shows someone put up on You Tube that have the Sons as guests. One one of the shows they sing "Chant of the Plains" and do a great job. Lloyd is there but Tommy Doss is not there for some reason.  (Fred Sopher)


Melody Ranch 03

Melody Ranch 05


Tommy Doss took leave of the Pioneers in 1963, returning occasionally for special appearances. Here he is replaced in the trio by Billy Armstrong.


February 6, 2017

May I make a donation to the upkeep of the site? Ian


That's very kind of you, Ian, but Bob Nolan's grandson has prepaid it for several years. But what a nice thought!


It's just that after sometime assembling everything I can get on Amazon and Itunes and the used record market all the missing links and more are coming upon your site. I remember coming home after watching a Saturday morning B movie many many years ago humming Cool Water. I thought it was a song that must have been around for ever. It was many years later when I came across a greatest of hits the sons of the pioneers in a book local lending library of all places. I was enchanted by Song of the Bandit, Way out there and One more ride. Then I became hooked on their songs but particularly Bob Nolan songs. Incidentally did he ever meet Frank Ifield. I think his arrangement of Love Song of the Waterfall is terrific. I agree with some of your contributors that the words can stand alone, they are a testimony to all nature's wonders. They also have a really spiritual non denominational feel. On top of this melodies are truly beautiful. It astonishes me that he is not more venerated.  Ian


I'm reasonably sure Bob would have met Frankie Ifield. The western music scene was relatively small in those days.


I have been a SOP fan for many years. Bobís songs, as you say, were totally unique. Fantastic and evocative lyrics, beautiful melodies and superb vocal harmonies all add together to produce perfection. I feel certain that Bob must have had a great sense of humour too. I have only recently discovered your website and I wanted to say thank you. It is brilliant and I have learned so much about Bob and SOP from it. Long may their music live on!!
Best wishes,


February 18, 2017

I've been listening particularly to Bob's spiritual songs. Has anyone pitched a Gospel Album of his songs to an out and out Gospel singer. If Elvis were alive now I think he would be heavily into Gospel. What an album that would be. Ian


Several of his songs have been included in spiritual compilations but I haven't heard of anyone taking on his full list of spiritual and pseudo-spiritual songs:

All the Way

The Boss is Hangin' out a Rainbow

Campfires of Heaven

Close to Heaven

He Walks with the Wild and the Lonely

Heaven is My Island

Heavenly Aeroplane

Hello, Way Up There

The King's Highway

Lighthouse of the Lord

Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy

The Mystery of His Way

A Prayer for Christmas Time

Redwood Trees

Relative Man

Round-up in the Sky

Shadow on the Wall

This ain't the Same Old Range

Three Friends Have I

The Touch of God's Hand

What You Gonna Say to Peter?

When He Walks By

When I Leave this World Behind

When the Golden Train Comes Down

The Wonder of It All


March 17, 2017

Here's an eBay listing for a DVD of Tex Ritter's Ranch Party featuring the Pioneers (Lloyd, Dale, Tommy, Hugh, Karl, & Shug) in one of the episodes. They are also in the bonus episode, Purina's Grande Ole Opry "Opry Goes West."  In the first show they sing "Chant of the Wanderer," and back Tex Ritter on "Round-Up in the Sky." On the Opry show, they sing a few bars of "Happy Rovin' Cowboy," and then "A Cowboy Has to Sing," "Cool Water," and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."  There are only a few DVD's left, but hopefully they'll be restocked soon. (Western Reservoir)


March 17, 2017

Cheryl Rogers' New website



March 21, 2017

Just discovered this website. What a treasure!
Thank you so much. I have bookmarked it and will visit it each and every day.
Many thanks,
Judy Hicks
Novato, California


June 1, 2017

Came across Larry Hopper's response to how Roy Rogers came to be called King of the Cowboys.

The background is this: Herbert Yates, president of Republic, was livid when Gene Autry enlisted in the service. Autry was his biggest money-maker and that, apparently was more important than serving your country, so Yates set out to build up Roy Rogers as "punishment" to Autry. This coincided with the fact that Roy's personal appearances were attracting bigger and bigger audiences wherever her appeared and his films were steadily increasing in popularity.

The first reference to Roy Rogers as King of the Cowboys that I've come across was an October 4, 1942 newspaper article. Then, on October 25, 1942, the New York Times Sunday magazine featured an article titled King of the Cowboys. On January 6, 1943 Roy's film KIng of the Cowboys went into production. As Larry Hopper pointed out, it was originally titled Starlight On The Trail. By this time Yates had significantly increased the budgets on Roy's films and then in June 1943 Republic began a $500,000 national advertising campaign promoting Roy as the KIng of the Cowboys. There was no election or poll.

As an aside, after Roy left Republic in 1951 the studio's biggest star was Rex Allen and Republic publicity began referring to Rex as King of the Cowboys. Unfortunately for Republic, as successful as Rex was, he was never number 1 at the boxoffice which came to be the definer of who was King of the Cowboys.

Hope this info is helpful.

Laurence Zwisohn


June 4, 2017

I think you have a wonderful website for your Grand Dad's memory. I've been browsing it today for the 1st time. I grew up in the 50's and 60's watching Roy Rodgers and listening to the Sons of the Pioneers. I remember Tumbling Tumble Weeds and Cool Water like it was yesterday.

What brought me to your website was a picture I found in the Naval History and Heritage Command of Reinhardt J Keppler (attached) . I served aboard the US Naval Ship USS Reinhardt J Keppler DD/DDE 765 from 1970-1972 Decommissioning. Our ship was commissioned and named after Keppler a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in 1947. He died sacrificing his life saving shipmates in 1942 as illustrated by Mario DeMarco. You have a page dedicated to him on your website. Our ship served proudly during Korea, the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.

Thank you again.

Stephen Mooney
USS Keppler Reunion Chairman
2118 Xanadu Ln
Wall Township NJ 07719



June 18, 2017


On the Bob Nolan site, "Early Life and Career" page:


Nearly half way down the page is a photo of the back cover of the only SOP appearance in one of Roy's comics: "Front of April 1949 Volume 1 No. 17 Roy Rogers Dell comic." The date is correct, but it's actually number 16. I have the digitized version with that picture on the back and have attached the copyright page with the issue info at the bottom.

Thank you for keeping the great Bob Nolan's memory alive!

All the best -Joel LeFevre


Thank you, Joel. You are quite right and I've made the corrections. We love it when our readers let us know where we've erred so we can correct it. The purpose of this website is to supply correct information about Bob Nolan.

July 30, 2017

Doc Denning died of a massive heart attack yesterday. We will miss him.


July 30, 2017

I can't tell you how much I enjoy the Bob Nolan website. Yesterday I researched the song, "The Prairie Sings a Lullaby", and discovered it was written by Glenn Spencer. Your website was so interesting having the stories of Glenn's children talking about their dad. I was unable to locate the lyrics and chords, however, and wonder if you know of a source where I might find them.
Don Morrison
Adrian, Michigan


I'm sorry, Don, we do not have the sheet music. Perhaps you can contact one of Glenn's children through the Bob Nolan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RobertClarenceNolan


September 5, 2017

Just wondering if you still have any original Sons Of The Pioneers sheet music for sale? Which ones do you have?
Thank you,
Drew Morrison


Bob Nolan's grandson (Calin Coburn) is happy to make high quality scans on good paper for you for $18US including shipping and handling. Here is the page with the details:  http://www.bobnolan-sop.net/Lyrics/Sheet%20Music.htm