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"Bob was way ahead of his time as a songwriter, he started a whole lot of people writing Western music."
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  • Year Inducted: 2005
  • Written In: 1934
Songwriters
Artists
Roy Rogers
Gene Autry
Perry Como
Jo Stafford
Marty Robbins
Willie Nelson
Hank Snow
Kate Smith
Lawrence Welk
Slim Whitman
Patti Page

Written originally under the title, Tumbling Leaves, this song was symbolic of the Depression-era adventurers, people who crossed America looking for work and a place to call home. A radio announcer suggested that Nolan change the title since so many listeners kept mistakenly requesting the song as Tumbling Weeds. It later became the signature song of Nolan, a rail-rider himself, and that of the original Sons of the Pioneers group that he founded along with Roy Rogers (Leonard Slye). The tune became a country and western standard and made its appearance in several western B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s, with both Gene Autry and Rogers performing it.

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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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