Nolan recorded a solo album in 1953, and another, Bob Nolan: The Sound of a Pioneer, with Elektra in 1979 (re-released by Garrett-Deutz in 2000). Nolan is said to have written more than 1200 songs; he was the composer of his group's major hits, Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and "Cool Water," both of which achieved the status of country classics. They appear in the Hal Leonard 1998 publication Country Music Hall of Fame Songbook series. Among Canadians who have recorded "Cool Water" are the Rhythm Pals, and Joni Mitchell. Lawrence Zwisohn identifies Nolan as "without a doubt the finest songwriter Western music has ever produced" (liner notes, Rhino R2 75722, 1999). Nolan's voice and compositions may be heard on the four-CD set, Sons of the Pioneers: Wagons West (Bear Family Records, BCD 15640 DI).
Nolan was inducted in 1971 to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and posthumously into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour and the Western Music Hall of Fame in 1993. "Cool Water" and "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. The Sons of the Pioneers were also elected to the US Country Music Hall of Fame. The University of North Carolina's Elizabeth Drake McDonald collection holds material on Nolan.
Author Betty Nygaard King
Griffis, Ken. Hear My Song: The Story of the Celebrated Sons of the Pioneers (Camarillo, California 1994)
Hopper, Paul Lawrence. Bob Nolan: A Biographical Guide and Annotations to the Lyric Archive (Bergenfield, New Jersey 2000)
McDonald, Elizabeth Drake. Lyrics: The Song Poems of Bob Nolan (self-published)
- Bob Nolan, Volume Two: The Last Song Poems (self-published)
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