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May I make a donation to the upkeep of the site?
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
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:
The Boss is
Hangin' out a Rainbow
Campfires of Heaven
Close to Heaven
Walks with the Wild and the Lonely
Heaven is My Island
Hello, Way Up There
of the Lord
Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy
The Mystery of His Way
Prayer for Christmas Time
Round-up in the Sky
Shadow on the Wall
ain't the Same Old Range
Friends Have I
The Touch of
What You Gonna Say to Peter?
When He Walks By
I Leave this World Behind
When the Golden Train Comes Down
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
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.
June 1, 2017
Larry Hopper's response to how Roy Rogers came to be called King of the
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.
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.
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
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.
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
September 5, 2017
Just wondering if you still have any original Sons
Of The Pioneers sheet music for sale? Which ones do you have?
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: