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Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan (born Clarence Robert Nobles; April 13, 1908 – June 16, 1980, name changed to Robert Clarence Nobles in 1929) was a Canadian-born American singer, songwriter, and actor. He was a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and composer of numerous Country music and Western music songs, including the standards "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." He is generally regarded as one of the finest Western songwriters of all time. As an actor and singer he appeared in scores of Western films.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 13, 1908 (Winnipeg), Died June 16, 1980 (Newport Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1947

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal, string bass, composer, lyricist, harmony vocal, leader, lead vocal, songwriter

Notes: Sings in the baritone vocal range.

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99313 10-in. 2/24/1936 Tumbling tumbleweeds Bill Boyd ; Jim Boyd ; Cowboy Ramblers String band, with male vocal duet lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-040992 10-in. 10/23/1939 Tumbling tumbleweeds Vincent Lopez ; Sonny Schuyler ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-041282 10-in. 8/23/1939 'Way out there Riley Puckett Male vocal solo, with yodeling, guitar, and mandolin composer  
Victor BS-056525 10-in. 10/11/1940 Wind The Pine Ridge Boys Male vocal duet, with guitar composer  
Victor BS-056530 10-in. 10/12/1940 Grab your saddle horn and blow Cecil Campbell ; Tennessee Ramblers Male vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-063022 10-in. 4/4/1941 When you come to the rainbow's end Cherry Sisters Vocal and instrumental trio composer  
Victor D5VB-1034 10-in. 3/17/1945 Cool water Vaughn Monroe ; Sons of the Pioneers ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Male vocal solo, with male vocal group and jazz/dance band composer  
Victor D5VB-1109 10-in. 8/8/1945 Forgive and forget Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band leader  
Victor D5VB-1110 10-in. 8/8/1945 Cool Water Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band composer, leader  
Victor D5VB-1111 10-in. 8/8/1945 The timber trail Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band leader  
Victor D5VB-1112 10-in. 8/8/1945 The Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band leader  
Victor D6VB-2040 10-in. 3/15/1946 Cowboy camp meetin' Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2041 10-in. 3/15/1946 Tumbling tumbleweeds Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with whistling solo and string band vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor D6VB-2042 10-in. 3/15/1946 Out California way Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2043 10-in. 3/15/1946 Grievin' my heart out for you Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2044 10-in. 3/15/1946 No one to cry to Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2103 10-in. 8/15/1946 The everlasting hills of Oklahoma Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2104 10-in. 8/15/1946 Chant of the wanderer Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2105 10-in. 8/15/1946 Blue prairie Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal ensemble and instrumental ensemble vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter  
Victor D6VB-2106 10-in. 8/21/1946 Trees Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with instrumental ensemble vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D6VB-2122 10-in. 9/2/1946 The letter marked unclaimed Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal ensemble, with string band composer  
Victor D7VB-0415 10-in. 1/5/1947 Teardrops in my heart Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0435 10-in. 1/27/1947 My best to you Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0436 10-in. 1/27/1947 Will there be sagebrush in heaven Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0437 10-in. 1/27/1947 You don't know what lonesome is Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0438 10-in. 1/27/1947 Red river valley Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quintet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0450 10-in. 1/5/1947 Cigareetes, whusky and wild, wild women Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0990 10-in. 6/20/1947 You never miss the water till the well runs dry Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with recitation and string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0991 10-in. 6/20/1947 Lead me gently home, father Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0992 10-in. 6/20/1947 Too high, too wide, too low Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-0993 10-in. 6/20/1947 Out in Pioneertown Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1068 10-in. 10/15/1947 The sea walker Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1069 10-in. 10/15/1947 Read the bible every day Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1075 10-in. 10/16/1947 Cowboy country Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1076 10-in. 10/16/1947 The bar none ranch (in the sky) Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and vocal harmonies vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1086 10-in. 10/17/1947 Calico apron and a gingham gown Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1087 10-in. 10/17/1947 Happy birthday polka Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1088 10-in. 10/17/1947 Let me share your name Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band, vocal chorus, and recitation vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor D7VB-1700 10-in. 10/15/1947 A hundred and sixty acres Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1701 10-in. 10/16/1947 The last round-up Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1873 10-in. 11/10/1947 The old rugged cross Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with instrumental trio vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1874 10-in. 11/10/1947 Power in the blood Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with instrumental trio vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-1875 10-in. 11/10/1947 The touch of God's hand Bob Nolan ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor D7VB-1876 10-in. 11/10/1947 Rounded up in glory Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal group, with instrumental trio vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2121 10-in. 11/24/1947 Santa Fe - New Mexico Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2123 10-in. 11/24/1947 Down where the Rio flows Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2124 10-in. 11/24/1947 My feet takes me away Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2133 10-in. 12/1/1947 Blue Shadows on the Trail Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet, whistling, and string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2134 10-in. 12/1/1947 There'll never be another) Pecos Bill Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet, and string band vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2135 10-in. 12/1/1947 That palomino pal of mine Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and male vocal quartet vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor D7VB-2136 10-in. 12/1/1947 Home on the range Roy Rogers ; Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and male vocal quartet vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia HCO1868 10-in. 6/5/1946 Tumbling tumbleweeds Gene Autry Male vocal solo, with string band composer, lyricist  
Columbia WC3119 10-in. 6/13/1940 Cool water Bob and Randall Atcher and Bonnie Blue Eyes String band, with mixed vocal trio composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA1483 10-in. 10/21/1937 I love you Nelly Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string ensemble and vocal trio vocalist, lead vocal  
Brunswick LA1488 10-in. 10/21/1937 Power in the blood Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with violin, guitars, and bass vocalist, lead vocal  
Brunswick LA1496 10-in. 10/26/1937 Open range ahead Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal trio, with string band vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA1540 10-in. 12/14/1937 One more river to cross Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and male vocal chorus vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA1542 10-in. 12/14/1937 Lead me gently home, father Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal quartet, with guitars and bass vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick LA1543 10-in. 12/14/1937 The devil's great grandson Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and male vocal chorus vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LA1547 10-in. 12/16/1937 Hold that critter down Sons of the Pioneers Male vocal solo, with string band and male vocal chorus vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Vocalion 16629 10-in. 1/11/1935 Tumbling tumbleweeds Gene Autry Trio Male vocal trio, with string band composer, lyricist  
Decca 61926 10-in. 2/22/1937 'Way out there Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 61927 10-in. 2/22/1937 Tumbling tumbleweeds Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca 93626 10-in. 3/27/1941 So long to the Red River valley Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93627 10-in. 3/27/1941 My love went without water Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93628 10-in. 3/27/1941 They drew my number Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93629 10-in. 3/27/1941 He' s gone up the trail Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93630 10-in. 3/27/1941 A love that ended too soon Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93631 10-in. 3/27/1941 Cielito lindo Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93632 10-in. 3/27/1941 Cool water Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93633 10-in. 3/27/1941 You don't love me but I' ll always love you Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93644 10-in. 4/1/1941 There's a long, long trail Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93645 10-in. 4/1/1941 Kelly waltz Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93646 10-in. 4/1/1941 Lonely Rose of Mexico Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93647 4/1/1941 Rye whiskey Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93648 10-in. 4/1/1941 Wagner hoedown Farr Brothers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca 93649 10-in. 4/1/1941 Boggy road to Texas Farr Brothers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 10 10-in. 8/8/1934 Way out there Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 11 10-in. 8/8/1934 Tumbling tumbleweeds Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 12 10-in. 8/8/1934 Moonlight on the prairie Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 13 10-in. 8/8/1934 Ridin' home Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 122 10-in. 3/7/1935 I follow the stream Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 123 10-in. 3/7/1935 There's a roundup in the sky Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 124 10-in. 3/7/1935 And I still do Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 125 10-in. 3/7/1935 Roving cowboy Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 138 10-in. 3/13/1935 When our old aged pension check comes to our door Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 139 10-in. 3/13/1935 Will you love me when my hair has turned to silver Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 140 10-in. 3/13/1935 When I leave the world behind me Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 141 10-in. 3/13/1935 Pop eyed Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 241 10-in. 10/9/1935 Over the Santa Fe trail Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 242 10-in. 10/9/1935 Song of the pioneers Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 243 10-in. 10/9/1935 The new frontier Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 244 10-in. 10/9/1935 Echoes from the hills Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 245 10-in. 10/16/1935 Kilocycle stomp Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 246 10-in. 10/16/1935 Cajun stomp Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 247 10-in. 10/16/1935 Kelly waltz Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 248 10-in. 10/16/1935 Westward ho! Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 358 10-in. 5/8/1936 The hills of old Wyomin' Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 359 10-in. 5/8/1936 A melody from the sky Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 360 10-in. 5/8/1936 We'll rest at the end of the trail Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 361 10-in. 5/8/1936 Texas star Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 382 10-in. 6/18/1936 Blue bonnet girl Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 383 10-in. 6/18/1936 Ride, ranger, ride Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 411 10-in. 7/3/1936 Empty saddles Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 412 10-in. 7/3/1936 Blue prairie Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 413 10-in. 7/3/1936 I'm an old cowhand (From the Rio Grande) Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 414 10-in. 7/3/1936 One more ride Sons of the Pioneers instrumentalist, string bass  
Decca DLA 1697 10-in. 1/4/1939 When it's lamp lighting time in the valley Tex Ritter vocalist, harmony vocal  
Decca DLA 1698 10-in. 1/4/1939 Singin' in the saddle Tex Ritter vocalist, harmony vocal  
Decca DLA 1699 10-in. 1/4/1939 Sundown on the prairie Tex Ritter vocalist, harmony vocal  
Decca DLA 1700 10-in. 1/4/1939 Viva Tequilla Tex Ritter vocalist, harmony vocal  
Decca DLA 2714 10-in. 9/3/1941 I knew it all the time Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2715 10-in. 9/3/1941 You broke my heart, little darlin' Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2716 10-in. 9/3/1941 How was I to know Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2763 10-in. 9/16/1941 Pay me no mind Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2764 10-in. 9/16/1941 Salt River Valley Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2765 10-in. 9/16/1941 Tumbleweed trail Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2766 10-in. 9/16/1941 Plain old plains Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2959 10-in. 3/23/1942 Private buckaroo Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2960 10-in. 3/23/1942 O ooh wonderful world Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2961 10-in. 3/23/1942 I'll be around somewhere Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca DLA 2962 10-in. 3/23/1942 I'm crying my heart out over you Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca L 3269 10-in. 12/28/1943 I hang my head and cry Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca L 3270 10-in. 12/28/1943 Home in San Antone Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca L 3271 10-in. 12/28/1943 Let me keep my memories Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  
Decca L 3272 10-in. 12/28/1943 There's a new moon over my shoulder Sons of the Pioneers vocalist, baritone vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Nolan, Bob," accessed February 20, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110074.

Nolan, Bob. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 20, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110074.

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