A UNIQUE PLACE IN HISTORY
The Pioneers were different right from the start. While some screen stars sang traditional sweetheart songs the Pioneers actually sang about the West. The Pioneers’ songs painted unforgettable images and stories of horses, cattle, cowboys, “night herds”, tall timber, cool water, canyons and prairies. The songs were original compositions freshly penned by the original members, Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer and Roy Rogers (then known as Leonard Sly). They created a whole new library of music. The group and their music garnered millions of both national and international fans through appearances in over 90 movies, numerous radio shows, major label recording projects and later television appearances.
Songs from the Pioneer catalog have been recorded and used by a long list of who’s who in the music industry ranging from Bing Crosby to Boston Pops, Frankie Laine, Johnny Cash, Riders in the Sky and Michael Martin Murphy. (There’s even footage of Elvis Presley warming up for a concert using “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”!) Their signature songs have been recorded so many times by so many different artists that some people lose track of the fact these songs “belong” to the Pioneers.
The current members of the Sons of the Pioneers are “Trail Boss” Tommy Nallie who plays bass and yodels; Ken Lattimore who plays fiddle and sings tenor; Dusty Rogers who sings lead and serves as MC; John Fullerton playing rhythm guitar and sings baritone; and Paul Elliott who plays first fiddle.