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PRAIRIE PRATTLER

Volume 1, Number 2

1943

 

 

 

For your convenience, an attempt has been made to transcribe any pages which are almost illegible in places. Otherwise, notes have been made after each page to draw attention to notable statements or mention of fans who appear in different issues and photographs of the Martha Retsch or John Fullerton Collections.

 

 

 

 

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NOTES ON PAGE 1:

•The address for the Sons of the Pioneers (and Sam Allen, their manager) is: Box 990, Hollywood, California.

•The address for Charles Reed Jones, Adv. & Pub. Director, Republic Pictures is: 1790 Broadway, New York City, NY.

•The address for Roy Rogers is: c/o Republic Productions, 4025 Radford Avenue, North Hollywood, California

•Ernest Tubb mentioning the fact that Lloyd is going into the Army and that Shorty (Ken) Carson is replacing him.

 

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•Mini bio of Lloyd Perryman. At the time of publication, Lloyd was in the Army. "Lloyd was inducted into the Army April 19, 1943."

•His address is: Private Lloyd Wilson Perryman, Special Service Company 36, Camp San Luis Obispo, California.

 

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Lillian Nagode gave Dolores Friedrich a gold cowboy hat pin with her initials on the edge of the brim.

•Dolores Friedrich works in the Tube Mill Dispatcher's Office which is a part of the Aluminum Co. of America.

 

 

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•Song: THERE'S A RAINBOW OVER THE RANGE by Tim Spencer sung in SONG OF TEXAS, starring Roy Rogers:

 

You must have the rain to have a rainbow

And the clouds are bound to come along

First the clouds and then the rainbow

Then all nature sings a happy song.

 

Chorus:

There's a rainbow over the range

And the skies are blue again

The rolling thunder spills in the far off hills

There's a rainbow over the range.

Hear the cowboys yippi yi yo

While the dogies mill and low

The sun is riding high in the prairie sky

There's a rainbow over the range.

I've been told there's a pot of gold

At the end of the rainbow lane

But I've found that trail just a magic veil

That's born in the wind and rain.

It's a grand and glorious day

And the clouds have all rolled away

The fading thunder spills in the far off hills

There's a rainbow over the range.

 

•This fan club now boasts of 158 members.

 

 

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•poem:

 

TUNE IN ON THE PIONEERS (by Norma Winton)

 

If anyone ever asked me

Who gets all of my cheers

I wouldn't be long in saying

The Sons of the Pioneers.

 

Now, I really like that gang

They're tops in every way

If I had my wish all the time

I'd see them every day.

 

When I'm blue and lonely

And have been shedding tears

To brighten up, all I do is -

Tune in on the Pioneers.

 

So if you crave entertainment

And the best of all the years

Take my advice now, Pard,

Tune in on the Pioneers.

 

•A story made up entirely of songs that the Sons of the Pioneers have sung at one time or another.

 

THE SAGEBRUSH SYMPHONY

 

        It was STAR LIGHTIN' TIME IN TEXAS. A LONE BUCKAROO from DOWN ALONG THE SLEEPY RIO GRANDE was serenading the lovely Indian maiden NA HA NEE. As she was WATCHING THE MOON ROLL BY she thought of this HAPPY COWBOY and a COTTAGE IN THE CLOUDS. But this wanderer dreamed of the OPEN RANGE AHEAD and the treasures at THE RAINBOW'S END.

        At the crack of dawn he saddled SKY BALL PAINT and went RIDIN' DOWN THE RIO VALLEY and over the SILENT TRAILS. He smiled as he watched the TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS     take ONE MORE RIDE on the zephyrs of the WIND. WAY OUT THERE he heard the ECHOES FROM THE HILLS and the haunting CHANT OF THE PLAINS.

        As he was riding OVER THE SANTA FE TRAIL, he met an OLD PIONEER who told him of his adventures on THE NEW FRONTIER IN THE DAYS OF FORTY-NINE.

        At sundown they reached a STILL WATER POOL in the SHADOWS OF THE WILDWOOD where they stopped to get a drink of COOL WATER. Wearily the OLD PIONEER said, "THIS AIN'T THE SAME OLD RANGE. THIS OLD WHITE MULE OF MINE and I are RIDIN' A NEW TRAIL TONIGHT. We're heading for that ROUND-UP IN THE SKY where we'll be CLOSE TO HEAVEN. The OLD PIONEER slowly arose, mounted his burro and rode into the BLUE PRAIRIE. The LONE BUCKAROO softly sighed, "HE'S GONE, HE'S GONE UP THE TRAIL."

        For days the LONE BUCKAROO wandered over the SAGEBRUSH SEA. It was SUNSET ON THE RANGE when he came to a small ranch on THE CHEROKEE STRIP. There he hoped to get a job of RIDIN' ROPIN'. He asked for the boss but DON JUAN, a ranch hand said,  "THE BOSS IS HANGIN' OUT A RAINBOW and won't be back till it's SLUMBER TIME ACROSS THE PLAINS.

        The LONE BUCKAROO dismounted, unsaddled SKY BALL PAINT and joined the waddies at the bunkhouse in their JUBILATION JAMBOREE. They were singing a MOONLIGHT MELODY which sounded more like THE COYOTE SERENADE. DON JUAN said, "Pipe down."

        "A COWBOY HAS TO SING WHEN PAYDAY ROLLS AROUND," said CODY OF THE PONY EXPRESS.

        Early the next morning the boss shouted loudly, "It's time to RISE AND SHINE WHEN THE PRAIRIE SUN CLIMBS OUT OF THE HAY."

        "Aw-w-w-w, GRAB YOUR SADDLE HORN AND BLOW," said the sleepy cowboy.

        "Come on and YIPPI YI YA YOUR TROUBLES AWAY and say GOOD MORNIN' whether you've got the BISCUIT BLUES or not."

        "Horsefeathers! Guess I'll have to HOLD THAT CRITTER DOWN and keep RIDIN' THE ROCKY RANGE."

        "Why, you lazy SON OF THE LONE PRAIRIE, hush up and start TRAVELIN' WITH THE SUN."

        As the cowboys were sitting around the CAMPFIRES ON THE TRAIL, they heard the HOOFBEATS ON THE PRAIRIE. It was THE TEXAS EXPRESS bringing the mail. Cody's face was grave as he tore his letter to bits, jumped on his OLD BRONCO PAL saying, "DON'T EXPECT ME HOME IN THE MORNING for THEY DREW MY NUMBER."

        The LONE BUCKAROO opened an envelope nervously. He glanced at the signature, NE HA NEE, and then at the few lines, "COME ON HOME for I MISS YOU SO, MY DARLING." (continued on page 8, column 1).

 

 

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• New movies: SONG OF TEXAS, SILVER SPURS and MAN FROM MUSIC MOUNTAIN starring Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.

 

 

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• (conclusion of the story in song from page 6)

 

"I'LL FOLLOW MY HEART TO YOU if you don't start ROLLIN' HOME when NIGHT FALLS ON THE PRAIRIE."

        The LONE BUCKAROO was lost in dreams until DON JUAN laughingly said, "TRAIL HERDIN' COWBOY, stop your TRAIL DREAMIN' and start RIDIN' HOME."

        "Why, you NO-GOOD SON-OF-A-GUN, can't you see that I'm BOUND FOR THE RIO GRANDE?"

        It was MOONLIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE as the cowboy and the girl were riding side by side DOWN THE TRAIL. He said, "I'll always stay HERE ON THE RANGE WITH YOU. I LOVE THE PRAIRIE COUNTRY and you, my GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST."

        Silently, they rode down the LANE TO HAPPINESS as the WHISPERING WIND harmonized with THE LOVE SONG OF THE WATERFALL.

 

THE END

by Lillian Nagode.

 

• Any of you members wanting a large picture of the Pioneers, just drop a penny post card to PALACE CREDIT, Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Or else write to THE SONS OF THE PIONEERS c/o XQV, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

• Mildred Kelley, 456 Robinson Avenue, Attleboro, Mass., has six snaps of the Pioneers for sale at 10˘ each.

 

• The Pioneers have been very busy again. They've been recording three shows a week for the Dr. Pepper 10-2-4 Ranch program, made two special Army shows for short-wave broadcasts, recorded special music for war bond sales division of the Treasury Department and camp and canteen performances. They appeared at the Hollywood Canteen the other Saturday night along with Roy Rogers and a host of other screen stars. They are trying to do their bit so, if any of you have written them, please don't feel bad if you haven't received a letter or card in acknowledgment. They really appreciate hearing from all of you.

 

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Dorothy Guth, 725 Washington St, Allentown, PA. Jan Scott bought stills for her own collection and stationery from her Dorothy's nephew in 2008.

 

 

Most of these new fan club members (above) are women while most of the fans who write into the Bob Nolan website today are men.

 

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