This legendary country group was founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye (5 November 1911, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, d. 6 July 1998, Apple Valley, California, USA), when he recruited two friends - Bob Nolan (b. Robert Clarence Nobles, 1 April 1908, Point Hatfield, New Brunswick, Canada, d. 16 June 1980) and Tim Spencer (b. Vernon Spencer, 13 July 1908, Webb City, Missouri, USA, d. 26 April 1974, Apple Valley, California, USA) - to re-form a singing trio, known originally as the O-Bar-O Cowboys, and undergo a name change to the Pioneer Trio. Additionally, Slye played rhythm guitar and Nolan played string bass. When they found regular radio work in Los Angeles, they added fiddle player Hugh Farr (b. Thomas Hubert Farr, 6 December 1903, Llano, Texas, USA, d. 17 March 1980). Someone suggested that they looked too young to be pioneers so they became the Sons Of The Pioneers. They were signed to US Decca Records in 1935, and Hughs brother Karl Farr (b. Karl Marx Farr, 25...
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