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Bob Nolan (1908–1980)

American singer-songwriter who appeared in a number of low-budget Westerns, but was most renowned as the leader of the singing group, The Sons of the Pioneers. The son of an Army officer, Nolan attended the University of Arizona after his father retired to that state. He studied music and poetry in college, then drifted around the country writing ... See full bio »

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 2018 The Mule (writer: "Cool Water")
  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2018) (music - 1 episode, 2018)
- Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy (2018) ... (lyrics: "Cool Water") / (music: "Cool Water")
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (writer: "Cool Water")
 2014 Lost River (writer: "Cool Cool Water")
 2010-2014 The Marty Stuart Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Jim Glaser (2014) ... (writer: "One More Ride" - uncredited)
- Riders in the Sky, Johnny Western and Andy Hogan (2013) ... (writer: "The Mystery of His Way" - uncredited)
- Riders in the Sky (2010) ... (writer: "The Happy Rovin' Cowboy", "Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy")
 2013 The Lone Ranger (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 2013 The Fighting Artist (Short) (writer: "Cool Water")
 2012 California's Gold (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tales from the Golden Empire (2012) ... (writer: "The West Is in My Soul" - uncredited)
 2011 Rango (writer: "Cool Water")
 2007 Opry Video Classics: Pioneers (Video) (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1998 Buttcrack (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1998 The Big Lebowski (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1994 Imaginary Crimes (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1991 City Slickers (lyrics: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934)) / (music: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934))
 1990 Air America (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "One More Ride")
 1982 La bête lumineuse (Documentary) (performer: "Ride 'Em Cowboy") / (writer: "Ride 'Em Cowboy")
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Pressure Points (1982) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1979 Ich möcht' so gern Dave Dudley hör'n (TV Movie) (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1979 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (1979) ... (writer: "Skyball Paint", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (lyrics: "Love Song of the Waterfall" (1937)) / (music: "Love Song of the Waterfall" (1937))
 1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (writer: "Sing as You Work" - uncredited)
 1969-1970 The Johnny Cash Show (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #2.8 (1970) ... (writer: "Old Skyball Paint")
- Episode #2.1 (1970) ... (writer: "One More Ride")
- Episode #1.32 (1970) ... (writer: "Cool Water")
- Episode #1.8 (1969) ... (writer: "One More Ride")
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Lucy and Wayne Newton (1970) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1965 The Drifter (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- General Store (1965) ... (writer: "Cool Water")
 1962 The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Western Hit Parade (1962) ... (writer: "Cool Water" - uncredited)
 1962 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Golden Horseshoe Revue (1962) ... (writer: "Pecos Bill" - uncredited)
 1960 Ozark Jubilee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 27 February 1960 (1960) ... (writer: "When Payday Rolls Around" - uncredited)
 1959 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gail Davis, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Barnes & Rin Tin Tin (1959) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1957-1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Kate Smith (1959) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "The Touch of God's Hand" - uncredited)
- Ernie and the Top Twenty (1958) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
- Lew Ayres (1958) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
- Rosemary Clooney (1957) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1957 Ranch Party (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... (writer: "Happy Rovin' Cowboy", "Cool Water")
- Episode #1.6 (1957) ... (writer: "Chant of the Wanderer", "Roundup in the Sky")
 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana (lyrics: "Montana")
 1953 This Is Your Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Roy Rogers (1953) ... (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1952 Drömsemester (lyrics: "Cool Water") / (music: "Cool Water") / (writer: "Cool Water")
 1951 Mr. Texas (lyrics: "Chant of the Wanderer") / (music: "Chant of the Wanderer")
 1950 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gun Powder Range (1950) ... (writer: "Cool Water")
 1949 Brand of Fear (writer: "Cool Water")
 1948 Nighttime in Nevada (music: "Sweet Laredo Lou")
 1948 Cowboy Cavalier (writer: "That Old White Mule of Mine")
 1947 On the Old Spanish Trail (writer: "Here Is My Helping Hand")
 1947 Springtime in the Sierras (writer: "A Cowboy Has To Sing")
 1947 Hollywood Barn Dance (writer: Let's Pretend")
 1947 Hit Parade of 1947 (performer: "Is Anybody Here From Texas", "Brooklyn Buckaroo")
 1946 Heldorado (writer: "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Till You Hear Him Roar")
 1946 Under Nevada Skies (writer: "Ne-Ha-Nee")
 1946 That Texas Jamboree (writer: "When Pay Day Rolls Around" - uncredited)
 1946 Rainbow Over Texas (performer: "Rainbow Over Texas", "Texas, U. S. A.", "Cowboy Camp Meeting")
 1946 Home on the Range (performer: "Over the Rainbow Trail", "Happy-Go-Lucky Cowboy", "Down at the Old Hoe-Down", "Home on the Range")
 1946 Ding Dong Williams (lyrics: "Cool Water" (1936) - uncredited) / (music: "Cool Water" (1936) - uncredited) / (performer: "Cool Water" (1936) - uncredited)
 1946 Romance of the West (writer: "Love Song of the Waterfall")
 1946 Song of Arizona (lyrics: "Way Out There") / (music: "Way Out There") / (performer: "Song of Arizona")
 1945 Don't Fence Me In (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1945 Community Sing: Cowboy Hit Tunes (Short) (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1945/I Along the Navajo Trail (performer: "Along the Navajo Trail", "Cool Water") / (writer: "Cool Water")
 1945 Rhythm Round-Up (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1945 Saddle Serenade (writer: "Cool Water")
 1945 Bells of Rosarita (performer: "Trail Herdin' Cowboy") / (writer: "Trail Herdin' Cowboy")
 1945 Utah (writer: "Five Little Miles")
 1945 Rough Ridin' Justice (writer: "Hee-Lee-O-Lee-Yip-I-O-Lee-Aye")
 1944 Hollywood Canteen (writer: "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" (1934))
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas (writer: "Song of the Rover" - uncredited)
 1944 Cowboy and the Senorita (writer: "Bunk House Bugle Boy")
 1943 Man from Music Mountain (writer: "Song of the Bandit")
 1943 Hail to the Rangers (writer: "Cool Water")
 1943 Silver Spurs (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1943 Song of Texas (writer: "On The Rythm Range")
 1943 King of the Cowboys (writer: "Biscuit Blues")
 1943 Idaho (writer: "Lone Buckaroo", "Stop!")
 1943 The Fighting Buckaroo (writer: "Happy Cowboy")
 1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon (writer: "Blue Prairie" - uncredited)
 1942 Strictly in the Groove (writer: "Happy Cowboy")
 1942 Heart of the Golden West (writer: "River Robin", "Who's Gonna Help Me Sing?", "Night Falls On The Prairie")
 1942 Sunset Serenade (writer: "He's A No-Good Son-of-a-Gun", "A Cowboy Has To Sing", "A Sandman Lullaby")
 1942 Call of the Canyon (writer: "A Cowboy Has To Sing")
 1942 Sons of the Pioneers (writer: "Things Are Never What They Seem", "Trail Herdin' Cowboy", "The West Is In My Soul")
 1942 Romance on the Range (writer: "Coyote's Serenade", "Sing As You Work")
 1942 Sunset on the Desert (writer: "It's A Lie", "Remember Me")
 1942 South of Santa Fe (writer: "Song of the Vaqueros", "Open Range Ahead")
 1942 Man from Cheyenne (writer: "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Till You Hear Him Roar", "My Old Pal, Pal of Mine", "Happy Cowboy" - uncredited)
 1941 Red River Valley (writer: "When Payday Rolls Around", "Chant of the Wanderer" - uncredited)
 1941 Sheriff of Tombstone (writer: "Old Skyball Paint")
 1941 Outlaws of the Panhandle (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1941 The Pinto Kid (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1940 Thundering Frontier (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1940 West of Abilene (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1940 The Durango Kid (lyrics: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited)
 1940 Texas Stagecoach (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1940 Blazing Six Shooters (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1940 Bullets for Rustlers (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds")
 1939 Two-Fisted Rangers (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Till You Hear Him Roar")
 1939 The Stranger from Texas ("Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934), uncredited) / (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934), "Coyote's Serenade" - uncredited)
 1939 Saga of Death Valley (writer: "Song of the Bandit")
 1939 Outpost of the Mounties (writer: "Rocky Road in the Rockies", "Always Rolling Home", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - uncredited)
 1939 Riders of Black River (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Campfires of Heaven")
 1939 In Old Monterey (lyrics: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited)
 1939 The Man from Sundown (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "On the Rhythm Range", "Roundup Time is Over")
 1939 Western Caravans (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Chant of the Wanderer")
 1939 Spoilers of the Range (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Saddle the Sun", "Trail Herdin' Cowboy", "Trail Dreamin'")
 1939 North of the Yukon (writer: "Ne-Ha-Neé", "Love Song of the Waterfall", "Still Water Pool")
 1939 Texas Stampede (writer: "Rise and Shine", "Grab Your Saddle Horn and Blow", "The Boss is Hangin' Out A Rainbow", "Chant of the Wanderer")
 1939 Community Sing: Songs of the West (Short) (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Cool Water")
 1939 The Thundering West (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Rocky Roads", "Cody of the Pony Express", "Echoes From the Hills")
 1938 Rio Grande (lyrics: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934), "The West Is in My Soul" (1938), "Old Bronco Pal", "Slumbertime On the Plains" - uncredited) / (music: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934), "The West Is in My Soul" (1938), "Old Bronco Pal", "Slumbertime On the Plains" - uncredited) / (performer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934), "The West Is in My Soul" (1938), "Old Bronco Pal", "Slumbertime On the Plains" - uncredited)
 1938 West of the Santa Fe (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", " (When the Prairie Sun Says) Good Mornin'", "Hello, Way Up There", "Song of the Prairie")
 1938 The Colorado Trail (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Bound For the Rio Grande", "Cottage In the Clouds", "Lone Buckaroo")
 1938 South of Arizona (performer: "One More Hand on the Range", "Tumbling Tumblweeds", "When Payday Rolls Around", "Roundup in the Sky", "Saddle Your Worries to the Wind") / (writer: "Tumbling Tumblweeds", "When Payday Rolls Around", "Roundup in the Sky", "Saddle Your Worries to the Wind")
 1938 West of Cheyenne (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Night Falls on the Prairie", "Biscuit Blues")
 1938 Law of the Plains (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Sunset On the Range", "Wind", "He's a No-Good Son-Of-A-Gun", "Round-Up Time Is Over", "Follow the Stream")
 1938 Call of the Rockies (writer: "A No-Good Son-Of-A-Gun", "The Hangin' Blues", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "A Cowboy Has To Sing")
 1938 Cattle Raiders (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Happy, Rovin' Cowboy", "This Ain't the Same Old Range", "The Devil's Great-Grandson", "Welcome To the Spring")
 1937 Outlaws of the Prairie (writer: "Open Range Ahead", "Blue Prairie", "Song of the Bandit")
 1937 The Old Wyoming Trail ("Tumbling Tumbleweeds") / (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "(He's) Ridin' Home")
 1937 The Star Reporter in Hollywood (Short) (writer: "Way Out There")
 1936 Rhythm on the Range (writer: "One More Ride" - uncredited)
 1936 Song of the Saddle (performer: "Vengeance" (1936) - uncredited) / (writer: "A Happy, Rovin' Cowboy" - uncredited)
 1936 The Mysterious Avenger (writer: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Oh, I Miss You So My Darling")
 1935 Way Up Thar (Short) (writer: "Barnyard Jubilee")
 1935 Moonlight on the Prairie (writer: "Moonlight on the Prairie")
 1935 The Old Homestead (writer: "Way Out There", "Happy Cowboy", "That Old White Mule of Mine")
 1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds (lyrics: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited) / (music: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" (1934) - uncredited)
 1934 In Old Santa Fe ("That's What I Like About My Dog", "Because You Didn't Get a Girl")
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