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Believe it or not I was just down stairs saddle soaping an old Hunter holster for my H&R 636 listening to music on PBS when they played "Cool Waters" by the Sons of the Pioneers. IMHO the best song they ever did and a true country western song as there could be. I so remember that song sitting on my father lap as a little kid.
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GUZZI. Here's festus hagan singing tumbling tumble weed. He was one of the first of the Sons of the pioneers. CHARLIE.
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I did not know that.

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Yea, Ken Curtis was kind of like Jim Neighbors. Could speak in a way one would never guess they could sing like they did.
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Actually, Ken Curtis was a musician and singer first, before he ever pursued an acting career. He even toured with Tommy Dorsey's band as a singer that followed Frank Sinatra's time with Tommy Dorsey. Acting came much later for Curtis.

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Another great one (IMO) who toured with Tommy Dorsey, was Helen O'Connell, especially with her song, "Tangerine". Also her hits, including "Geeen Eyes', and "Amapola" were

well worth listening to.

I heard her interviewed on the radio or TV some years ago, where she spoke of recording "Tangerine"... she was paid one shot..no residuals..$50. How times have changed!

Note the lip-sync is poor on the recording presented..

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Believe it or not I was just down stairs saddle soaping an old Hunter holster for my H&R 636 listening to music on PBS when they played "Cool Waters" by the Sons of the Pioneers. IMHO the best song they ever did and a true country western song as there could be. I so remember that song sitting on my father lap as a little kid.
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I remember them and always thought that the singers sounded like cartoon characters. I always thought their songs were comic parody intended to make people laugh.

I am very impressed by the festus performance. Very well done.

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Ken Curtiss is in a lot of the old John Wayne cavalry movies. CHARLIE.
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I always assumed Curtis was a short man because he was always shown as being short of stature in Gunsmoke, based on camera angles and his relative height to the taller Dillon character. Curtis was six feet tall, according to his Wikipedia page.
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The original Sons of the Pioneers consisted of Leonard Slye (better known later as Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer. Later members were Lloyd Perryman , Hugh Farr , Karl Farr .Ken Curtice (Festus) joined in 1949. Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan were starting members of the group.


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