Era Inducted To: Radio Era
One of the theme songs for The Sons of the Pioneers, Cool Water reflects Nolan’s love of the arid desert. His brother, Earl, said that Cool Water was first written as a poem when Bob attended high school in Tucson, Arizona and he added the music when he helped to found The Sons of the Pioneers. Nolan himself wrote later: “I don’t think there’s any philosophy behind it. I was strictly trying to paint a picture of the desert. After I was through, you couldn’t help but know that I was talking about a mirage.” The Sons of the Pioneers hit the charts twice with the song, once at No. 25, and later at No. 9 when they recorded it in 1948 with Vaughn Monroe. Cool Water won a Grammy Award in 1986, six years after Nolan’s death.
Cover Artists Include: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Frankie Laine, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, Marty Robbins, Burl Ives, Jimmy Hendricks, and Joni Mitchell