Country Singer — Bob Nolan

Bob Nolan (13 April 1908 – 16 June 1980) was a singer, songwriter and actor, founding member of the musical group Sons of the Pioneers. Was composer of music topics country, as the classics “Cool Water” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” Western worked in numerous titles gender as an actor and singer.


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, his real name was Clarence Robert noble. At the age of thirteen he moved to live with his father, Harry, Tucson, Arizona. Harry had changed its name to Nolan, and was under the stage name of Bob Nolan to Clarence started his artistic career as a singer on the circuit of shows in tents at Chautauqua. In addition he worked as a lifeguard in Santa Monica.

In 1933 Nolan, Leonard Slye (later known as Roy Rogers) and Tim Spencer founded the band Sons of the Pioneers. The group became very famous and recorded dozens of albums for Columbia Records, Decca and RCA Records. The training was admitted to the Museum and Hall of Fame of country in 1980.

Nolan gave Ken Maynard singing voice in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe, and appeared in at least 88 productions of low-budget Westerns first for Columbia Pictures and then alongside stars cowboy and Gene Autry, Roy Rogers. With Sons of the Pioneers appeared in feature films as Hollywood Canteen with Bing Crosby in Rhythm on the Range, and Walt Disney Melody time short.

Withdrew from the world of entertainment in 1949, leading thereafter a semi-retirement life dedicated to the composition of songs. Bob Nolan was inducted into the Hall of the Nashville Songwriters fame in 1971. At the age of 72, he recorded his last album, Bob Nolan: The Sound of to Pioneer.

Nolan was married twice. The first with Pearl Fields, they had a daughter, Roberta Irene Nolan. The second was in 1942 with Clara “P-Nuts” Brown.

Bob Nolan died of an acute myocardial infarction myocardial in Newport Beach, California in 1980. His remains were cremated and fulfilling their wish, his ashes were dispersed in the Nevada desert.


In 1986, by his 1941 song “Cool Water”, the Sons of the Pioneers received a Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1995, posthumously, Nolan joined Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Also was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005

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