All inducted songs
"Founder of Western music as his songs symbolized the free-spirited and lonely life of a cowboy."
Cool Water
  • Year Inducted: 2005
  • Written In: 1936
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Frankie Laine
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
Marty Robbins
Sons of Pioneers
Burl Ives
Jimmy Hendricks
Joni Mitchell
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.

Cool Water / Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Bob Nolan) - Performed by Ian Tyson and Quartette
A medley of the songs was performed by legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson and country-folk group Quartette at the 2005 CSHF Induction Gala.
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