Thursday, September 20, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Sons Of The Pioneers
Artist:Sons Of The Pioneers
Album:Country Music Hall Of Fame
The Sons Of The Pioneers were pioneers of country music best known for their cowboy songs and intricate harmonies. This comp covers their earlier music with the original lineup. Of course they were also known for launching the career of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. His real name was Leonard Slye. He moved out to California from his native Ohio in 1931 and joined a group called The Rocky Mountaineers. It was here that Slye met Bob Nolan & Tim Spencer. After bouncing around for a while, Slye landed a job with Jack LeFevre & The Texas Outlaws. They had a show on a Los Angeles radio station. Slye got back together with Nolan & Spencer and The Pioneer Trio got a regular spot on the show. In 1934, they added fiddle player and bass singer Hugh Farr and the group name was changed to Sons Of The Pioneers. They signed with Decca in 1934 and this comp covers that period. Of course Slye became the singing cowboy Roy Rogers at Republic Pictures and left the group but he continued to have a close relationship with them. They would appear in his films and he would occasionally record with them. Cool Water is a Bob Nolan song originally recorded in 1941. They did rerecord it in 1948 for RCA. Bob Nolan retired in 1949 and the group wasn't the same. But the influence of The Sons Of The Pioneers is still heard today in groups like Riders Of The Sky. Here's Roy Rogers & The Sons Of The Pioneers performing Dust in the 1948 film In Old California.