1908 - 1980
"A Prayer for Christmas Time" by Bob Nolan, performed by Dave Bourne
Singer, songwriter, actor and
poet, Bob Nolan was instrumental in creating "Western" music, a
uniquely North American art form.
Cool Water and
Tumbling Tumbleweeds are two of his best-known songs but they are
only the tip of the iceberg.
out the hundreds of recordings of these two songs. Most of his songs were not
derived from European folk music as were a large number of
traditional "Cowboy" songs. They were not "Country" songs,
either. Bob's were entirely
original - often pure poetry set to unusual and difficult melodies. An admirer once
told Bob that he painted the West - and his brush was music. The new sound caught the
imagination of the public in the early 1930s. Contemporary musicians began to imitate,
western movies picked it up and the genre was popular for thirty
Biographies section opens a small
window into the life of this private man by using
from his films and hundreds of photos from his own personal
collection. Read about his
early life and career and also how
he spent his
retirement years. Learn more about
his famous brother
his half brother
Mike, his adventurer father
Harry, and the tragically brief life of his
Sample over 150 of Bob Nolan's songs
lyrics. High quality scans of
or lead sheets are for sale by request to
His friends and co-workers recall
their memories of
Bob Nolan in
Recollections. Read what his fans say about him
Perhaps you have written a
poem about Bob or the Sons of the Pioneers. If you have some stories or pictures of Bob Nolan you would
like us to put on our website, please
Look through the
collections of Bob's fans, read the old fan magazines and
Tumbleweed Topics and the
songs from the movies.
Take a look at the
current Sons of the Pioneers.
Are you looking for Sons of the Pioneers CDs? Check out our
page with many reviews by
You will also find that your favorite music vendor carries albums by
current artists recording the old songs.
VIDEOS FOR SALE
of your favorite old B-western movies.
Contact Jimmie Willhelm.
He will have what you want.
to see what else he has for sale.
Contact John Fullerton
for more information if you want to add to your collection.
Any and all
apply. This site is provided for your private study or reference
only. Please apply for permission from Calin Coburn to use photos or
text. For permission to record Bob Nolan's songs,
Mr. Sam Fein
c/o The Songwriter’s Guild of America
Att: Music of the West (Bob Nolan catalog)
209 10th Avenue South, Suite 321
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 742-9945
Fax: (615) 742-9948