The Sons of the Pioneers was an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye (better known by his later screen name Roy Rogers), with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 1933 ( MCMXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5 1911 &ndash July 6 1998 was a singer and Cowboy Actor. Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5 1911 &ndash July 6 1998 was a singer and Cowboy Actor. Bob Nolan ( April 13, 1908 - June 16, 1980) was a Canadian -born singer songwriter and actor They were soon joined by others including Karl Farr, Hugh Farr, Lloyd Perryman,and Pat Brady. Pat Brady ( December 31, 1914 – February 27, 1972) was best known as cowboy Roy Rogers ' comical sidekick The group remained popular into the 1950s. The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive Though all of the above members have passed away, the group continues on today (2007), led by Dale Warren (a member since 1953 replacing Ken Curtis), and gives occasional concerts in Branson, Missouri and other spots. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Ken Curtis ( July 2, 1916 - April 28, 1991) was an American singer and Actor best known for his role as " Festus Haggen Branson is a city in Stone and Taney counties in the US state of Missouri. Ken Curtis was best known as an actor (primarily as "Festus" on Gunsmoke), but was a member of the Sons from 1949 until 1953. Ken Curtis ( July 2, 1916 - April 28, 1991) was an American singer and Actor best known for his role as " Festus Haggen Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
The Sons of the Pioneers did several songs for the John Ford movies Wagon Master (in 1949) and Rio Grande in (1950). For the 2007 Porter Wagoner album see Wagonmaster Wagon Master is a 1950 Western film The year 1949 in film involved some significant events Events Top grossing films (U Rio Grande is a 1950 western film and the third installment of John Ford 's "cavalry trilogy" following two RKO Pictures The year 1950 in film involved some significant events Events February 15 - Walt Disney Studios
The six members who made the Sons of the Pioneers famous in the late 1930s with their close-harmonied western style music were elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980. The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) In 1995, they were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Hall of Great Western Performers is a Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, U The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is a Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the US state of Oklahoma.
In 1977, the Smithsonian designated the Sons of the Pioneers as "national treasures". The Smithsonian Institution (smɪθsoʊnɪən is an educational and research institute and associated Museum complex administered and funded by the Government of That same year, their album A Country-Western Songbook hit #50 on the US Country charts. 
In 2001, the Bill O'Neal, an author based in Carthage, Texas, published with Fred Goodwin an historical account of the singers entitled The Sons of the Pioneers. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. John William O'Neal, known as Bill O'Neal (born April 8, 1942) is an American Historian who has penned more than thirty books on An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created Carthage is a City in Panola County, Texas, United States. The population was 6664 at the 2000 census
Some of their best known hits included (alphabetically):
Sons of the Pioneers was also the name of a 1942 singing cowboy film starring Roy Rogers and featuring the Sons of the Pioneers. " Cool Water " is a song written in 1936 by Bob Nolan. " Tumbling Tumbleweeds " is a song composed by Bob Nolan, one of the founding (albeit reluctant members of the Sons of the Pioneers. A singing cowboy was a subtype of the archetypal Cowboy hero of early Western films popularized by many of the B-movies of the 1930s and the 1940s