Era Inducted To: Radio Era
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.
Cover Artists Include: Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Perry Como, Jo Stafford, Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, Kate Smith, Lawrence Welk, Slim Whitman, and Patti Page