August 8, 2006
Wow! This is so awesome! Long overdue! The site is looking great, I check it out every day! A little correction for you on the "photos" page, there's a publicity still that says Yellow Rose of Texas, actually that photo is from Lights Of Old Santa Fe. Just a few months ago at my Tuesday nite Nolan tribute show someone asked if there was a Nolan website! I'll give it a good plug every time I'm onstage! Tell Calin to keep up the good work, and I know it requires a lot! I'm personally interested in the bios of Bob's parents and brother. To me, as far as photos go, anything from Bob's retirement years I'd like to see on the site. When did Bobbie pass away?? And Peanut's too? - John Fullerton, MO
You keep up the good work, too, John. You are doing a superb job of keeping Bob Nolan's memory alive. Thank you for the photo correction. (We need lots of editors.) Bobbie Nolan Mileusnich died of lung cancer on January 31, 2000, at the age of 71, leaving one child, Calin Coburn, and his two sons, Miles and Connor. P-Nuts predeceased her on April 15, 1994 at the age of 83.
I love your website. I was born in '55 and was introduced to Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers by my grandpa. He was a cowboy in his younger day and played a bit of self taught fiddle and sang. I remember sitting at his old phonograph and listening to 78s of the Sons, Roy, Gene, Patsy Montana, T Texas Tyler and some less famous names that I have forgotten. I loved them all, but even as a kid I found something special about Bob Nolan. His voice, his writing and the character he played in film.
I remember finding the record he did in his later years - Songs of a Pioneer. Even in his later years he had a beautiful and captivating voice. He captured beautifully the themes of love of the outdoors and the bittersweet passage of time. Man Walks Among Us and That Old Outlaw Time and when Marty Robbins sings in the background. Beautiful!
I don't live in the west anymore, but I made sure my children listened to music I loved. Would it surprise you to know there are young people today that know about Bob Nolan? I have a cd of early Sons and my 21 year old daughter and I love to go for Sunday drives and sing along -" too high can't get over it, too low can't get under it, too wide can't get around it - you must come in at the door." It makes me smile just to think of it.
I know this is a rambling email - sorry. I just want you to know I have loved and admired your grandfather all my life and still do. I was in an antique store just last week and they had old postcards and the very top one was of Bob Nolan. It made me happy to pick that up and smile back at him. I hope he had a happy life. I think artists as talented as he was probably have melancholy times. I think that is why they are able to produce such lovely poetry.
Thanks for this website.
September 3, 2006
Mary Rogers, Fort Collins,
August 20, 2006
Can you direct me to a source where I can find the whereabouts of Bob Nolan between 1942 and 1945? Specifically did he visit England to sing to the troops? I can find no reference of him having served in the military. Particularly as he was 34 in 1942. Any help would be appreciated. I have a son who lives near Raleigh in NC and I hope to visit the archive at UNC Chapel Hill later this year. Do I need any permission to do this?
Many thanks for any help
No, you are correct. Bob did not visit England - ever. He did not serve in the military although in 1942 he put his affairs in order and prepared to be called up. At the end of the European war the older Pioneers (Hugh, Tim, Bob and Roy Rogers) were re-classified A-1 but the war ended and they didn't go. All during the war, they did sing to the troops in America. They did a lot of entertaining for them - radio programs, personal appearances, selling of war bonds, etc. Two of the younger Pioneers were drafted: Pat Brady with Patton's army in Europe and Lloyd Perryman on the Pacific Front. Bob said the letter he treasured most came from "the submarine boys during the war who played our transcriptions while lying under the Pacific." We are delighted to hear that you are going to visit the archive at UNC. We hope you will get back to us and tell us how easy it is to access, etc. Ask for the librarian, Steve Weiss, and request to see the latest titles:
1. "The Calin Coburn Collections, Volume 1 and 2" - photographs from Calin Coburn, plus annotations.
2. "Bob Nolan: 1908 - 1980 Volume 1 (The Music) and Volume 2 (Appendices)".
There are many titles in the Elizabeth Drake McDonald Collection but we have corrected and re-compiled everything into the two comprehensive volumes, "Bob Nolan: 1908-1980 Vol.1 & 2" published in 2004.
October 2, 2006
I love the Website. Tell Calin that he should be very proud of his grandfather. We fans will love to visit with Bob Nolan on a regular basis. If I find the time - I'm swamped with a new book project - I'd like to offer to write my own fan letter to Bob Nolan. Florence
Monday, October 16, 2006
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Charles Engel, Bend, OR
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November 24, 2006
Lawrence Hystad, long-time Nolan fan, Vernon, BC, Canada
December 1, 2006
I have to wait until I get home to really enjoy the website but from what I saw, it is a pretty awesome site. Feel free to use "Man Walks Among Us" on the site as I know Dad [Marty Robbins] would be more than honored. He absolutely worshipped the "Sons" and especially Mr. Nolan. It was one of the highlights of his life to get to pick and grin with the guys and especially the compliment Mr. Nolan gave him in regards to that particular song. Ronny.
Thank you very much, Ronny. Bob admired your father immensely and said he wished he had written this song himself! We wanted to include this song because the changes Bob made to it illustrate his personal philosophy.
December 9, 2006
I think it's great and I am glad you have taken the time to share it with those of us that cared about Bob Nolan - and the Sons of the Pioneers.
December 15, 2006
Pete Lemmon, San Jose, CA
December 17, 2006
A great Man... and you have made a great site. Thank you. - PJR
December 18, 2006
GREAT SITE, LOVE KNOWING MORE ABOUT BOB. I'M 51 AND LOOKED FOR HIM EVERY SATURDAY IN THE 60s. I LOVED THE SONGS. THANKS FOR THE SITE. KEEP IT UP. JOEY
One of the finest "dedication" sites I've come across and Bob certainly deserves it. How about putting "I Can't Lie to Myself" in the collection.
Although Bob Nolan recorded "I Can't Lie to Myself", it wasn't one of his own songs and for that reason we haven't included it on the site. Sorry!
December 27, 2006
I THINK ITS GREAT!
January 1, 2007
My name is Carlos Fiorelli, I'm from Brasil. So sorry for my english, sometimes is very hard to me. Well, I found out today the site (01-01-2007). By the way, I'm a collector of Sons Of Pioneers' CDs and Bob Nolan is my favourite Pioneer!! Well, I don't believe in this wonderful site because a long long time I was looking for Bob Nolan's lyrics and now what a big surprise! A perfect and wonderful site about my idol! And I can download too the songs (there are some songs really rare to me yet!!)!! Oh this site is wonderful, amazing and now it’s on my principal page of my internet explore. Well, so, thank you very much for the site, is the best place about Bob Nolan and is like a dream to me...a wonderful reality now. I really thank you very much, friends, happy 2007 and congratulations Calin Coburn and Elizabeth McDonald!!
January 1, 2007
Thank you for the site. I've been trying to locate lyrics for "Trail Dreamin" for 10-15 years or longer, and finally can check what I had - "love inlaid" was all sorts of different combinations of words to me. Bob Nolan's work as a songwriter, musician and actor, deserves to be made available to all. Jim Gion
January 8, 2007
It's an amazing website. I spent half the day looking at it. It's particularly fun seeing photos taken in what is now my own actual backyard! I'm going to spend a lot more time reading everything in detail but I wanted quickly to say thanks. Great stuff.
All the best,
Richard M. Serkey, MA.
January 31, 2007
I just stumbled across the web site. I have been a lover of the Pioneer's music since the 1940s. When my daughter bought a computer a year ago, the first thing I did was see if any of the Pioneer's old music was available. I was dumbfounded to see how much of their music was available. I thought I would never hear this old music again. I believe I should stop now. Maybe sometime I will continue with my recollections of listening to their music when I was young. I am now 74 years of age but I am still buying their CDs.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Ron Thames, Minnesota.
February 6, 2007
Got the address from a fellow Sons of the Pioneers admirer. Great site and long overdue for a great songwriter and composer. Gives me all sorts of information I didn't have until this time. Also great pictures. Will visit it frequently. Thanks from a Dutch fan.
February 8, 2007
I've been meaning to write you since I discovered the Bob Nolan website. Thank you for your labors to set up this most enjoyable website. I really do enjoy browsing in it and listening to the songs. There are some I have never heard before or versions I have never heard. It is so tragic that you can find so few of his songs. I wish you well in your search for more. I have quoted a couple of his songs in sermons. "That Old Outlaw, Time" was a good illustration of the need to use the time we have that the Lord gives us hope about how to use it. It is not on your list so I guess it is not one of his. There are some verses in the Psalms that go with "Cool Water". I cannot locate my notes right now to tell you what they are.
Charlie Murphy, Pastor
You are correct, Charlie. Bob Nolan included that song on his last album but it was written by Cliff Crofford. Ironically, a year later that old outlaw, Time, beat Bob, too.
February 18, 2007
All I can say is I love this site. I've been a fan of the "original" Sons for years. I have Roy Rogers movies but only the ones with the Sons in them. I've got as many recordings as I can find but only with the original group. I'm not interested in anything after Bob and Tim retired. I play the music constantly at home and in my car. This site is full of information I have always wondered about like Bob's daughter and first wife, etc. The Pat Brady story is so sad. The two books I have on the group are good but "Hear My Song" is very short on biographical information. Nothing cheers me up more than putting on a movie and seeing and listening to Roy, Dale, Gabby and the Sons of the Pioneers. I hope there will be more information on Tim Spencer as he is a favorite of mine. I'm amazed at the wealth of photos and they're great to look at. Keep up the good work; this site is great fun.
February 24, 2007
Just looking at your co-worker and friends page. There are a few errors. The picture you have captioned as Peggy Stewart is Beverly Lloyd from the film Utah. She was Bob's love interest. Bob Livingston's name does not have an "e" on the end. The picture captioned Onslow Stevens is actually that fine actor Melvyn Douglas. Any information from the IMDB is always suspect; they are loaded with mistakes.
Thank you for pointing out the errors, Suzanne. We have made the corrections and we hope all our readers will free to correct us. Our aim is to make this site accurate in every way.
February 27, 2007
I find it a welcome addition to the history of western music. My generation is growing older. Funny thing - you do go back to those things from your youth which impressed you greatly. Bob Nolan and the music of the Sons of the Pioneers was a part of my youth as a b-western fan. Of course, you know the "b" stands for "best"! Lou Gentry
February 28, 2007
This is a great website. Thanks
for having it. I always search Bob on the internet. I really like Bob and
the Sons of the Pioneers. Are there any videos of concert performances (not
movie settings)? Bill Halsing
We haven't offered any videos of concerts in which Bob performed simply because we have none. We wish we could, too! If we ever come across any, we will certainly put them on our Videos page.
March 8, 2007
Looking for older, better country music I found your site. Very interesting compared to other sites I have visited. Fred from Austin.
March 14, 2007
Beautiful website you have created, Calin. I found it very informative. How wonderful to know your grandfather's history and to create a great piece of work for him.
March 19, 2007
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March 21, 2007
Each time I visit I find more interesting material on Bob Nolan. Your latest addition of video clips is great. I'm glad that you have created a Website to recognize this very talented writer/performer.
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April 5, 2007
Can you tell if he ever recorded "My Mistress, the Desert". If so where can I purchase it? Than you for your time.
I'm afraid Bob did not get the chance to record his most famous long poem, My Mistress, the Desert. He died eight short days after a friend taped him reciting the verses one summer afternoon. If it hadn't been for Bill Bowen's cassette recording, we would not have the poem at all. Bob told Bill that he had several long poems committed to memory. The two men had made plans to put them all on tape, but it was already too late.
April 14, 2007.
Bob Nolan - A GREAT POET
I could not believe it when I found the Bob Nolan website and the wealth of information on him. I have always been a Sons of the Pioneers fan but as I have gotten older I have grown to appreciate your Grandfather's role in their success and the sheer poetry of his lyrics.
When I purchased the CD "BOB NOLAN (The Sound Of A Pioneer) and played it I have to say it brought a lump to my throat. His voice had mellowed some but the quality was still there.
Please continue to keep the website going with his lyrics, he said so much in such a down to earth and easily understood way.
Thank You Again.
Jim Lowery, Silver Spring, MD
April 17, 2001
HEARD ABOUT YOU FROM THE COWBOY PAL WEBSITE. FANTASTIC - BOB NOLAN IS AN AMERICAN TREASURE.
April 17, 2007
Dear Calin - I am a great admirer of your grandfather and the Sons of the Pioneers and am delighted with your site. I have a question - I am a singer and am about to create an album of songs, several of which are by Bob Nolan. I have found copyright links to all except for one: Rocky Roads. In the event I were to record this, I'd need to know who to contact to obtain permission. Would you be able to give me that info? Rich Flanders.
Please contact the Songwriters Guild of America, Rich. Here is the address:
(Re: Music of
April 23, 2007
Greetings from a France-based Irish singer with a group called "Tumbleweed". Can you please tell me if Bob had any Irish connections as Nolan, O'Nuallain, from Nall meaning, Shout, is positively Irish. It is my pleasure to contact you. God Bless from James Molloy.
Howdy Calin and family,
Bob Nolan's Irish grandparents are still a mystery to us, James. No, I'm afraid we know nothing at all about the Husseys before they came to Canada. A project for the future!
April 27, 2007
Hi. I just wanted to let you know I enjoy the website. I have been a fan of Bob Nolan since I was a little girl. My grandfather introduced "cowboy" music to me back in Idaho (I was born in 1955). I loved it all but I always found something special about Bob Nolan. He was immensely talented. I am so glad someone has researched his life and collected materials. jpk
May 1, 2007
Today I visited an old friend
again as I do each time I access your wonderful website. It is such a fitting
tribute to Bob and I'm sure its content brings as much pleasure to all his other
fans and friends as it does to me. Bob would be proud and pleased at what you've
Dick, I want you to know that
I really appreciate your comments about our site! Liz and I have worked very
hard and long on building it. And it's good to hear from someone that
experienced and knew my grandfather and the Sons of the Pioneers. If you ever
have any ideas about additions to the site we would love to hear them. Thanks
again for your generous comments!
May 10, 2007
I LOVE this new website. It is
such a joy to take little breaks and enjoy a "Bob moment". Boy, his mother and
he look alike, even tho I see the resemblance in his dad as well. What a sad
story for such a sensitive person to live.
Thank you very much for writing, Pat, and for your good words. Calin's father's name was Ken Coburn and you will see the family pictures near the beginning of Bob's retirement years. Just follow this link and scroll down a bit:
May 10, 2007
You can be very proud of your web site. It is wonderful. I have just recently begun to watch western channels and seen old movies your grandfather was in. they were wonderful and the music still sounds as good today, as then. Kathy L.
May 13, 2007
May 14, 2007
Hello, Your site is great. Regards, Valintino Gucci
May 25, 2007
I found the site by accident while searching for Bob Nolan. I love it. I am an old fan from the 30s. My first music was the Pioneers on the radio. We finally got to meet Bob the night they got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was so kind to my mother, who had a crush on him for years. She died two months later and never stopped talking about how nice he was. He remained handsome to the end.
Unfortunately, we were unable
to attend the daytime ceremony, but did attend the evening performance. We had
seats in the first row directly behind the VIP section and sat directly behind
Harry Carey, Jr. The show was wonderful. As I said, we got to meet Bob, who was
so gracious to my mother. My sister managed to have a nice long conversation
with Roy Rogers and got to go backstage. As we left, we ran into Rex Allen, who
was always friendly and funny. It was a great evening for everyone. I am a SOP
fan who is almost a fanatic. My home is filled with SOP memorabilia and every
evening I end the day playing music of the Pioneers before retiring. To me they
will always be young and the joy of listening to them will never end.
Thank you very much for your kind words, Patricia, and for your opinion of Joni Mitchell [and Willie Nelson singing Cool Water from Joni's album "Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm"], etc, on the pages you mentioned. We understand how you feel but we wanted our readers to sample modern singers who appreciated and interpreted Bob's songs. We are waiting until one of Tim's young relatives completes the Tim Spencer page because we know only what Ken Griffis wrote in his book, Hear My Song.
May 29, 2007
I am a big fan of the Son's of the Pioneer's and bob Nolan, I grew up with the b westerns in the 50's and I still love them even today at 59, I drive my wife crazy when I watch a movie or listen to the Son's, I was wondering if I could get a picture of the son's and maybe one of bob Nolan. I would be in hog heaven if I could get those pictures. Thank you. John Mitchell
Calin has given me permission to send you two scans by email from the Calin Coburn Collection, John. Unfortunately, we are not set up yet to sell reprints although we may consider it if the demand is great enough.
June 5, 2007
It sure would be nice to be able to hear Bob's recording of other peoples work. Are you thinking of coming up with a page based around that premise? As a matter of fact, we have been thinking along those lines. One reader has requested "House of Broken Dreams", others have requested songs the later Sons of the Pioneers recorded, some want to hear Bob's solo pieces. Watch the "Updated Pages" box on our Home Page for the announcement.
June 5, 2007
Calin, my name is Jim Blasdell, a fellow musician, and certainly a lover of Bob Nolan's music. Without being aware of it, my group/band/cowboy show is now singing several of his songs. We are strictly a family show, (we have coined the word "Cowgrass,") to describe our music...which, of course, is his. Give us a look-see and a brief listen at www.coolwaters.cc Our demo CD is heard there. We do not have a CD for sale, as of yet. The CD you'll hear includes 3, possibly 4 of his songs.
Cool Waters is a serendipities
coming together of three older fellows who shared, unknowingly, the same love
for the music. A gentleman at church asked me to bring my guitar to a fish fry
he was throwing, and sing a few songs. I invited another church friend to go and
bring his guitar. The owner of the local music store was talked into
participating, also, (in the south, we never turn down a free fish fry. That's
just plain common sense.) Once we opened our mouths to harmonize, The Son's of
the Pioneers came out of us. We stopped, shuddered a bit, the hair on the back
of the neck stood-up, grinned at one another and broke into laughter, giggling
and more of Bob Nolan's music. We've been doing that ever since... except for
the giggling part. I only hope I have another 50 years to live so I can keep on
singing the good songs.
We have added the link to your site on our Links page and listened to your recordings, Jim. It's fine, rich music. Thanks for keeping Bob Nolan's songs alive.
July 6, 2007
I think this is a great website and have been on it several times. I went to the "Bob sings his favorites" page and heard NOTHING. Is there a problem? I tried different songs and came up with nothing. Otherwise, this is a great site and keep up the great work. Suzanne.
Hello, Suzanne. Each song plays on my computer and on several others I tried. I know that some tunes take awhile to load. Are your speakers turned up? Did you click on a song title? Thank you for writing and bringing problems to our attention.
July 6, 2007
I found the site while looking for Bob Nolan songs / lyrics. I became interested in Bob through listening to Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers. This time I was interested in "Way Out There" and was surprised to find that many of the tunes I was interested in (ie "liked") were written by him. Also, as an aside, my son David (who cut his teeth on some of these tunes) is working on his doctorate there at UNC in Classics. Perhaps he would like to know about your library there.
Thomas W. Carlisle
July 14, 2007
luiz roberto costa
I suggest you contact Jimmie Willhelm. Roberto. http://www.vintagecowboymusic.com. You can email him to get a list but he has nearly everything the Pioneers recorded. He even has all the movies on DVD!
July 14, 2007
I read about the site in Western Clippings. I am a big fan of the singing cowboys and grew up watching their movies as a kid in Puerto Rico and Indiana. I am sixty-four years old and Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan and The Sons are still my heroes and favorite form of entertainment. Bob Nolan is a very special and important individual not only did he write the greatest and most beautiful western song he was a great singer and person also. I love your site Bob Nolan is as big as Gene and Roy and all those other western stars. Hope to meet Liz and Colin in person some day
Many Happy Trails
July 17, 2007
When I received your e-mail this morning, I
immediately went to the site and was happy to find Cheyenne on your list. It has
always been one of my favorites because you can really hear Bob's beautiful
voice, so powerful in the song. I was disappointed to find that it was not the
Sons of the Pioneers recording, but sounds like the track from the TV show.
July 17, 2007
the updates are wonderful, i love them thanks a
million, i have have some of bob's music on dvd, but, where can i get some of
the movie's, i have some roy roger's movies and some gene autry. i will keep
looking every were i go, i am going to oklahoma at the end of this month maybe i
can pick some up there. i have been a fan of bob's for all my 59 year's. i grew
up with roy, and gene. and now i share them with my grandchildren. the memory
will never die because of people like you. please keep up the good work. and i
will keep enjoying the music and movies. thanks again. john
July 18, 2007I do not object to being on your website and we do
love the Sons of the Pioneers, but please, unless you can figure out a way to
e-mail all of us with blind copy, take me off your e-mail list. Perhaps you do
not realize that sending e-mail with all the addresses showing only contributes
to all the spam and etc that is going around the internet.
Voleta, I am sorry that Elizabeth sent the update of the Bob Nolan site with all the address on it. I have instructed her how to use the Bcc: option on Outlook Express so rest assured that this will not happen again. So please open her e-mails when they come. They will not have any other addresses showing. Thanks for feedback and interest in our site.
August 4, 2007
I thought I would write you and see what you think of my idea regarding the Sons of the Pioneers. Have you ever thought about contacting the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) about having a program of the SOP's (a biography of each of them)? I suppose a biography would be from when they were born until their death. They have had numerous programs on the American Experience and American Masters of early music artists including Jazz, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, just to mention a few. Never have they had a program on about Western Music.
On their fundraisers almost all of the programs are about artists in the 1950's. 60's. Most of the time they show the artists on either film or tape recorded back then. I forgot to say about the biography--it would include their start in the early 30's up until the last of them had passed on, which would have been Roy Rogers.
I would like to see this materialize in order that a lot of people who were not of their generation would have a chance to hear what a wonderful group of singers and songwriters they were. Maybe some of them could appreciate another type of music other than what is polluting TV and radio today. I would find it very refreshing to see a program such as this on PBS.
That's an excellent idea, Martha! Perhaps some of our readers will know how to go about getting the attention of PBS.
August 7, 2007
My husband and I just found
your website. We had been looking for a song he remembered from childhood. It
was the song Outlaws.
Bob Nolan's "Outlaws" is one of my own favorites but, as far as we know, it was recorded only by the Sons of the Pioneers. According to Laurence Zwisohn, the Pioneers made 3 recordings of it before they were satisfied. The first was Tommy Doss' debut on December 14, 1949, at the RCA Victor Studios in Hollywood. This one was unissued. On November 9, 1951, they recorded it again and it, too, was unissued. Finally, on February 8, 1952, they recorded the final version. This is the recording your husband heard when he was a boy. The others are interesting in their variations - the earlier recording has the sound of a high-powered rifle a la Hollywood chase scene. Two of those versions can be found on the Bear Family 4-CD boxed set
• December 14, 1949, recording. This is the one on our site.
• February 8, 1952 recording for comparison purposes.
August 12, 2007
It was good of you to take the time to write us with your thoughts of Bob Nolan. Thank you! No, Roy and Gene did not personally push him out of the spotlight - Bob did it himself. Calin remembered his mother (Bob's daughter) telling him how Bob was originally preferred over Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers) for starring roles but Bob himself refused to be a star. He was rather shy and preferred the second leads. He always found it difficult to be in the spotlight, even on stage. You are correct, he was a good actor, a good singer and a good man.
August 15, 2007
August 18, 2007
Calin - my name is Marie McArtor and I will be 80
years old this December. Back when I was 14 years old, my sister and I used to
listen to the WLS Barndance from Chicago, IL on Saturday night. One night a
group called the Sons of the Pioneers with Bob Nolan singing solo, sang "The
Touch of God's Hand". I was hooked! I wrote to them at WLS and started receiving
Tumbleweed Topics. I only have six issues but have kept them as treasured
mementos of the Pioneers. After that I saved my allowance and eventually bought
all seven of their songbooks (which I still have). Over the years I collected
autographed photos of each Pioneer and one of Roy Rogers. And with the advent of
CD's I have bought every one I could find. I also have about a half dozen of
their 33 RPM records.
Just as a minor point of interest - my cousin's
wife went to school with Roy Rogers when he was about 12 years old - down in
Portsmouth Ohio. His name then was Len Slye.
We will be happy to email you the page as an attachment, Marie, if you wish. On another subject, are your issues of Tumbleweed Topics the same as the ones we have? If you have a different copy, we would love to have scans or photocopies to put on the site for our readers. http://bobnolan-sop.net/Tumbleweed%20Topics/Topics.htm Thank you so much for writing. It's always a pleasure to hear from folk who saw Bob Nolan in person.
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October 17, 2007
I was tempted to say that my father is Bob Nolan's greatest fan; but, after researching your web site, I now understand that he is only one of millions who loved your grandfather so very, very much.
We (my 3 sisters and 1 brother) grew up in Mobile, Al (40's-60's) and listened Bob Nolan's albums at least one a day. We learned to sing every part, hum every instrumentation, and memorized every single word of the albums my father had--and still has.
We were all recently at his home in Apex, NC and again played all the albums and reminisced about the wonderful times we had growing up and listening to the Sons of the Pioneer's music. The memories brought us to tears and I left there wondering why we didn't know more about such a talented musician and man.
When I arrived in Phoenix, I went straight to the internet and, to my utter amazement, I found voluminous information about his life and accomplishments. I was especially impressed by your web site, together with UNC, because of the depth of information. And to realize that all this time, this wonderful trove about Bob Nolan has been so close to my father put me in tears again!!!!
I want to know how to purchase the things listed on the web site so I can send them to my father because he is 90 and doesn't get out much. I intend to return to Raleigh/Apex this next summer, but I can't wait that long to know the joy he will have when these things come to him.
Growing up, my father talked constantly about Bob Nolan and, to this day, he gets very angry if you even mention the name "Roy Rogers" because he blames the rising star of Rogers' fame for--in my father's opinion--pushing Bob Nolan into the background of his own music.
From reading through various bios on the subject, I'm not sure if that's entirely true, or perhaps it's the fault of Republic and their stingy efforts to promote and pay both the films and the actors in them.
In any event, it's a whole new world to us because as children we weren't allowed to go to the movies (fundamentalist southern christian teachings) so we missed out on all the films your grandfather was in. I recently have discovered and taped the RR movies shown on cable and have sent those to my father (although they are few) in the hopes that he will grit his way through the scenes where Bob Nolan is not shown.
Don't mean to take up so much of your time, but I just can't figure out how to purchase things that are listed on your web site. I've been directed to Amazon.com in a few cases, but I wanted to make sure that your foundation is going to be the recipient of the funds if at all possible.
Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for having the desire and fortitude to put together such a wonderful collection to your grandfather's honor.
My only regret is that we were never able to personally tell him how deeply we loved him and his music.
Trudi Anderson-McCown Phx, AZ)
(sisters: Kathleen Anderson Hein, Htvl, AL & Laura Anderson Byrne, Montgomery, Al)
(brother: Tommy Anderson, Htvl, AL) and father: Thomas W. Anderson, Apex, NC)
It was good of you to write, Trudi. Thank you. We appreciate your letter very much. Please give our regards to your father. Unfortunately, we do not sell anything you see on our website. This site is informational and was created for fans like your father who still remember Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. There is, however, a print version of Bob Nolan's biography on Bob's bio pages that you are welcome to download and print for your father. You will find the latest CDs on the Discography page with a link to Amazon where you can purchase them. On the UNC page, you will find a list of what is available from the University of North Carolina's Southern Folklife Collection (Elizabeth Drake McDonald Collection #20355) and how to request copies. (Eg: a specific photograph from the Calin Coburn Collection or half a dozen songs.) I think the best thing to do for your father is to purchase a computer for him and connect him to the Internet!!!
October 21, 2007
thank you very much for putting together such a great web site on your grandfather bob nolan . bob has been one of my favorite singers and song writers/actors since i first heard him and the sons of the pioneers back in the mid fifties. always wanted to see him live in person performing. by that time he was retired. his music is very dear to me. the connection i get from hearing and singing his songs still gives me goosebumps. you are to be congratulated for setting up such a great tribute to him and his memory. thank you again. his music will live forever . he is truly an icon in western music. William Bailey.
October 21, 2007
CALIN , I FOUND THE SITE JUST LOOKING ON THE NET FOR BOB NOLAN. I LOVE IT. I'M 52 AND LIVE IN NC . I AM A BIG FAN OF MR. NOLAN . THE BEST TIME FOR ME AS A KID ON SAT. WAS WHEN BOB AND ROY WOULD COME ON . THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SITE KEEP IT UP FOR ALL OF BOB'S FANS. NEVER LET THE OLD COWBOYS DIE .JOEY DAWSON
November 1, 2007
Bob Nolan's "Rise and Shine" has special meaning to
me and my siblings. My dad was born and raised in Idaho, and later moved to CA
after he married my mom. They had 5 kids, and my dad used to wake us up on
Saturday mornings with "C'mon you lazy cowboys, rise and shine!..." We didn't
care for it as kids, but it became a bit of a tradition in our family, and it
has passed down to future generations. When he was going to school at Idaho
State (back in the 50s, I believe), a local radio station would play that song
as they turned up their transmitter to begin their day's broadcast. He was never
sure who the artist was, but his rendition was almost note for note the same as
what you sent me. He has since passed away, but I have searched for years to
find a copy of that song to give to my brother and sisters as a keepsake. Thank
you. Do you know who the actual artist is on this song? Sons of the Pioneers?
And is it on any of the CDs listed on your website? I would be interested in
finding a CD as well. Let me know. Thanks for helping me keep this family
Good to hear from you, Dave,
and I had to smile because "Rise and Shine" was the way I woke my own kids - at
the top of my voice!
November 1, 2007
Elizabeth, finding your website honoring Bob Nolan
was one of most delightful and serendipitous discoveries of my life. Our show,
Cool Waters www.coolwaters.cc was already
doing several Bob Nolan songs and didn't even know it. "Song of the Bandit" as
an example. We now mention him, Calin and the website in every show we do.
November 1, 2007
Hello, Helen and Joe,
3. Mexicali Rose - "The Republic
Years" (Varese Sarabande), "The Sons of the Pioneers" (Soundies)
November 18, 2007
I got to check my PC as the songs seem scratchy and breakup a bit. Any suggestions on this? Some of them are from scratchy old recordings and some are right from soundtracks so the sound is not uniformly good - or bad. When the original film has been spliced, for example, the songs might jump a bit and skip words.
November 18, 2007
The site is just great! Daughters of the Purple Sage
recorded both Cool Water and Tumblin' Tumbleweeds. We would love to be included
in your collection! How to submit? Thanks!
And we would love to have you
recordings! Just email the mp3 files to me or mail them to me at the address
November 18, 2007
I know I speak for all the Wagonmasters when I say thank you so very much for including The Wagonmasters recordings of Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds on your web site. Billy Beeman
November 18, 2007
UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR E-MAIL THIS MORNING, I
IMMEDIATELY WENT TO THE SITE AND WAS ABSOLUTELY THRILLED. THE 1953 RECORDINGS OF
BOB WERE THE MOST TELLING OF ALL. IT WAS AS IF YOU WERE INTO HIS SOUL. I HAVE
NEVER HEARD THAT IN HIS VOICE BEFORE. AT LAST WE HEARD THE REAL BOB NOLAN.
November 18, 2007
Keep up the great work. You are a real blessing to
this 67 year old fan.
Greetings from the wide open plains of Kentucky
bluegrass country. I have responded to your invitation to have our version of
Cool Water and Tumbling Tumble Weeds, added to your page showing the many groups
and individuals who have lovingly recorded these great songs. Ours are heard on
our website, www.coolwaters.cc
Elizabeth, Calin and all connected to this website. BRAVO! There is no doubt that a lifetime of love has been put into this work. We, the lovers of this music and Bob Nolan's total works, are the lucky recipients of your love. And the fact that you are continually adding to it is evidence of your devotion. Again I say BRAVO! Thank you for all you do, have done..... Jim Blasdell (Founder of the Prairie Music Society. The funner side of P.M.S.)
November 18, 2007
What a WONDERFUL gift you sent me! Simply thrilling!
I cannot believe The Supremes recorded "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Even they made it
sound good. I'm especially glad to have an audio of the 1994 "Cool Water". It is
especially moving to me, with Roy doing the start. But even the audio is fine. I
love the slower arrangement. I never really cared for Bob's versions because he
rushed the song. Just like Gene with "You are My Sunshine". Here it is done
feelingly and movingly. I think Arthur Fiedler also hit the song right on the
I hope you and Calin are well. We in the field are keeping the torch lit.
November 18, 2007
November 18, 2007
Outstanding! Heard from Cowboy fiddler pal and band mate Billy Beeman
November 19, 2007
November 19, 2007
Good morning; I would like to visit the Bob Nolan web site, but
the links you provided don't seem to work.
Try this, Vic: Highlight and copy www.bobnolan-sop.net and paste it into your browser's "Address" bar and press "Enter". See if that works. If it isn't, type it in by hand. I checked both those methods now to be sure and they do work. Then, if you like the site, add it to your "Favorites". There are different problems for different operating systems that we aren't aware of. Thanks for letting us know. Good luck! If I can be of help, let me know.
November 30, 2007
I just wanted to tell you how great it is to have all the
recordings of Cool Water, and T-Weeds by so many artists available.
December 6, 2007
Thank you for this rich and comprehensive history of the Pioneers. I grew up watching all the Roy Rogers westerns on TV during the 50's and of course heard the Pioneers singing in the background. Now I fully appreciate what a talented group they were and I enjoy trying to harmonize with them in the car. Question --- Bob looks like he was a good athlete. If so, any sports?
Yes, Bob was an athlete although not a professional. He started out in school with weights, when weight-lifting wasn't fashionable, and then he was a track and field star in high school. (I have his yearbooks.) But swimming was his first love and he continued swimming all his life. He was a lifeguard at Santa Monica just before the Depression and we have a snapshot of him taken there. He won a fun race with Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, an actor and later an Olympic gold medalist, during this time. They were the same age.
You might also be interested in reading about his brother, Earl Nolan, who was a professional athlete.
Starting in January, to mark the 100th anniversary of Bob's birth, we are going to do a special feature on one movie, one of his songs and one photo from his personal collection so bookmark the site and watch for it. We plan to post these Special Features on the 1st day of each month. Merry Christmas and keep singing!
December 17, 2007
Just recently got in to the computer age and found your website.
I must say that of all the cowboy type sites yours is right up there at number
1. It is very interesting to know that Bob Nolan was such a private person. He
must have had a rough childhood being moved around like he was. I've been down
that road too. He seems to have gained, or never lost, a great spiritual faith
as many songs are almost hymns. I admit I never heard most of them but now that
I found them I will return. I have told two very good friends about the site and
am sure they both will visit. They were both real fans when children and like me
have a great love for the silver screen cowboys. One of the friends was telling
me just a few days ago how she wished she could return to those days and wear
her Annie Oakley suit again. I'm sure that when the other friend finds the site
she will dig out her Dale Evans costume and just look at. She often brings it
out in its protective clear plastic bag and compares it to the shabby condition
of my generic cowboy suit. I remind her that I have taken extra special care of
my Roy Rogers records because the voices of the Sons of the Pioneers need to be
saved. After all, some things are just more important than others.
Thank you for taking the time to write, Don. We appreciate every letter. Merry Christmas to you and your friends!
December 18, 2007
When are you going to put up a page showing all the songs they sang written by other artists? I have it under good authority that they sang a lot of others' music.
You are quite right, the Sons of the Pioneers sang thousands of songs written by other composers and it would be an impossible task to list them all! However, we urge you to go to the "Bob Sings" page where you will find a selection featuring Bob's solo or duet parts. We add to this as time goes on, so bookmark it. Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2007
Here is my CD of Western Music. I grew up going to the movies to see Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. I hope my rendition of "Cool Water" meets with your approval. Thanks.
Jason "Buck" Corbett
It certainly does meet with our approval, Buck, and we're delighted to place it on our Cool Water page. Thank you very much for taking the time to send it to us. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2007
I am a frequent visitor. I sincerely appreciate the time and effort that has gone into this site. Merry Christmas. I was curious if the Pioneers ever recorded Christmas selections? I have never heard any myself and I wonder if there are any in existence. Thank you for your response.
When that page opens, select "Western Music Time w/ O J Sikes". And when that
page opens, select "Play Latest Show" and wait while it loads. I'll paste his
program for this week here for you. You'll see it's full of good stuff! Merry
Christmas, Mike. And thank you for writing.