Suzette (Suze) Spencer Marshall
(Tumbling Tumbleweeds performed by The Norman Luboff Choir)
Suze is a direct descendant of Tim Spencer's family and, raised in the company of such a musical group of people, she has countless priceless memories to draw upon. Because she was so emotionally involved with the original Sons of the Pioneers all her life, when she heard that Bob Nolan's mother was buried near her in Portland, she searched for and found Flora's grave. She continues to visit the grave with flowers and sympathy. " If it's not raining, I take my grandpa's old guitar with me and just sit there and play and sing a little."
• Bob Nolan's Tucson - a guided tour of the old home sites of the Nolan family.
Though I remember Bob Nolan as a nice man we used to visit and my family played music with, I was too young to know who he really was. We knew his music, knew he thought up songs with all the parts at the same time, which I didn't think was all that unusual since we knew all the parts. I figured that must be why he was so quiet, as he must be listening to all those parts going on in his mind at once. When Calin and Elizabeth asked if I might share any memories about Bob Nolan, there wasn't much I remembered about the person, but did recall a fond memory of an event I remember well when I was just beginning to realize that my childhood musical education was not the same as the other kids in my choir . . .
As a youngster in the 1960’s, I was
reared on clever chord changes, thought provoking lyrics and the rich vocal
harmony of western music. Making the jump between thinking harmony and reading
harmony parts in choir was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed it very much. One
early fall afternoon in 1967, our choir director, Mrs. Betty Faulkner handed me
a permission slip for my mother to sign. Our choir was invited to attend Eastern
Oregon College for a three day workshop with the Norman Luboff Choir. I had
their record, Songs Of The West, from the 1950’s, so immediately
recognized this as a very big deal. My excitement increased when we were told we
would be performing three songs with them in concert at the college on Saturday
Suze has a CD for sale containing songs she grew up with, performed in the same spirit as the Classic Sons of the Pioneers. She has also written a book with Douglas B. "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky. Visit her website at: http://www.suzespencermarshall.com/