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1. Use the Search button on the Home Page if you are looking for something specific.

2. Check the following alphabetical overview links to pages on the site with its brief description of each section.

3. When all else fails, Contact Us.


Awards: Bob Nolan was given awards, alone and/or with the Sons of the Pioneers for his contribution to western music. This section itemizes most of them and is illustrated with photographs of the awards themselves.

Biographies: Full biography of Bob Nolan, his parents, his brother and his half-brother plus brief bios of the Sons of the Pioneers and their co-workers.

Discography: albums of Sons of the Pioneers' recordings and current western artists, illustrated with the album covers. Track lists are included plus links to Bob's solo recordings and a huge list of various recordings of Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds by various artists over the years.


FAQ: Frequently asked questions are answered briefly. This page is for quick answers.

Feedback: You can tell us what you feel about the website, bring errors to our notice or ask questions which we will answer personally and/or on the current Question & Answer page. There is also a link to Contact Us where you can email Elizabeth Drake McDonald (Nolan family historian) or write to her by regular mail.

Filmography: All the known films in which Bob Nolan appeared for the various studios are listed and illustrated with posters and publicity or production stills. Links are provided to various personal collections of photos from the movies: The Karl E Farr Collection is from the photos handed down from the original Karl Farr to his son. Fan collections include those of John Fullerton, Jan Scott, Ed Phillips, and Bruce Hickey. The Sons of the Pioneers Fan Club president, Martha Retsch, shares her collection as does Terry Sevigny Scott, who was secretary to the group for several years. There is also a page of Anonymous collections from fans who do not wish their name to appear on the Internet.

Lyrics: One of our most popular sections, these pages contain the lyrics to all of the Bob Nolan songs we have been able to find. Each song has a page of its own with a recording embedded into it so you can read the words while you sing along, karaoke-style.


Puzzles: There are many photos in the Calin Coburn Collections and other collections that we have been unable to identify so we have reproduced them here in hopes that fans may recognize them or give us a clue.


Q&A: Feedback or questions and responses plus current messages of general interest with links to messages from previous years.

Recollections: The recollections of those who knew Bob Nolan personally.

Reference: This section contains an illustrated list of books that deal with Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers plus links to an extensive bibliography of the singing cowboy era, fanzines, essays, photo collections, original song cards, court cases, interviews, and who to contact if you need permission to record Bob Nolan's songs.

Reflections: Links to fans who have written to us about how Bob Nolan's music has influenced their lives or careers in some way.

Search: Use a keyword to bring up all the pages in which it is used. A separate link is provided to find a specific person
's page.

Slide Shows: This popular section features six slide shows from different eras of Bob's life.

Special Features
Films, Nolan songs and Nolan photos are featured with plenty of illustrations and music.

UNC: This page records what is in the Elizabeth Drake McDonald Collection (Inventory #20355) in the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This collection is open to the public. Unfortunately, the page has not been updated. Ask for "Bob Nolan 1908-1980" in two volumes, 2004. You will need permission from Elizabeth to use portions of it.

Videos: The most popular of all, this section contains short video clips of song sequences, etc, from movies featuring Bob Nolan courtesy of Fred Sopher.