In the spring ofOhio-born Leonard Slye, the cowboy singer who would later change his name to Roy Rogersarrived in California and found work as a truck driver, and later as a fruit picker for the Del Monte company in California's Central Valley. He entered an amateur singing contest on a Los Angeles radio show called Midnight Frolics and a In The Pines - Lead Belly* - Lead Belly Storyville Blues Anthology Vol.
7 days later got an invitation to I Know What You Did. - Premonition - Pre Training EP a group called the Rocky Mountaineers. Tenor preferred. After listening to the tall, The Sons Of The Pioneers - Western Classics , tanned Nolan sing and yodel, Slye hired Nolan on the spot. Although Nolan stayed with the group only a short time, he stayed in touch with Slye.
Nolan was replaced by Tim Spencerwho had been working in a Safeway Stores warehouse. In the spring ofSlye, Spencer, and another singer, Slumber Nichols, left the Rocky Mountaineers to form a trio, which soon failed. Spencer left the O-Bar-O Cowboys and quit music for a while.
The three young singers rehearsed for weeks honing their singing. While Slye continued to work with his radio singing group, Spencer and Nolan began writing songs for the group. By earlythe group consisted of Leonard SlyeBob Nolanand Tim Spencer on vocals, with Nolan playing string bass and Slye The Sons Of The Pioneers - Western Classics rhythm guitar. During that time, fiddle player Hugh Farr joined the group, adding a bass voice to the group's vocal arrangements.
He also sang lead on some songs. Later that year, the "Pioneers Trio" became The Sons Of The Pioneers - Western Classics "Sons of the Pioneers" through a radio station announcer's chance remark. Asked why he'd changed their name, the announcer said they were too young to have been pioneers, but that they could be sons of pioneers.
The name was received well and fit the group, who were no longer a trio. By the summer ofthe Sons of the Pioneers' popularity and fame extended beyond the Los Angeles area and quickly spread across the United States through short syndicated radio segments that were rebroadcast all over the country.
They signed a recording contract with the newly founded Decca label, and on August 8,the Sons of the Pioneers made their first commercial recording. That same day, the immensely popular crooner Bing Crosby also made his first Decca session. One of the first songs recorded by the Sons of the Pioneers during that first August session was written by Bob Nolan, " Tumbling Tumbleweeds ", that would soon become a staple in their repertoire. The original title "Tumbling Leaves"  was changed to give the song a western character.
Over the next two years the group would record 32 songs for Decca. Between andthe Sons of the Pioneers appeared in 87 films, several movie shorts, and a television series. InLeonard Slye was offered a contract as an actor with rival Republic Pictures. Part of that deal required him to leave the singing group. Leonard Slye was rechristened Roy Rogers, and went on to achieve major success as a singing cowboy in the movies. Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers remained close throughout the coming years.
When the Starrett unit disbanded at the end of the season, the Pioneers rejoined Rogers at Republic and were soon appearing as highly popular supporting players in the Rogers westerns.
By this time the group was billed as "Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers. Because Bob Nolan's featured appearances with Starrett had made him the most recognizable of the Pioneers, Nolan reluctantly became the "front" for the group.
In addition to their appearances and filmed performances, their music was The Sons Of The Pioneers - Western Classics in numerous other films and television shows. InBob Nolan returned to the studio for the final time and recorded a successful solo album of classics and newer compositions titled Bob Nolan — The Sound of a Pioneer.
The late s saw the passing of an era, as many of the founding members of the group died. Tim Spencer died on April 26, Lloyd Perryman, who had been with the group sincedied on May 31, Hugh Farr, who had retired from the group indied on April 17, Bob Nolan died on June No. 3 In A Flat Major - Frédéric Chopin, Arie Vardi - Mazurkas, Following the death of Lloyd Perryman inDale Warren, who had joined the group in and continued on until his death on August 8,took over the leadership of the Sons of the Pioneers, guiding them into the s.
They continued to perform in concert and recorded as well with a lineup that featured, amongst many others, Luther Nallie guitar, vocalsRusty Richards vocalsDoye O'Dell guitar, vocalsBilly Armstrong fiddleBilly Liebert accordionGary LeMaster lead guitar and Rome Johnson vocals.
Inthe Smithsonian Institutionwhich designates certain artists and performers who have made a noteworthy contribution to the arts and culture of America, named the Sons of the Pioneers as "National Treasures". The Sons of the Pioneers were the first Country and Western group to sing at Carnegie Halland the first to perform at the lavish nightclubs in Las Vegas. Pioneertown, California was named for the Sons of the Pioneers who were original investors. It was built in as an old west movie set.
Since47 singers and musicians have been official members of the Sons of the Pioneers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American western singing group. For the film, see Receta Para Un Filtro De Amor Infalible - Joan Manuel Serrat - Bienaventurados of the Pioneers film.
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