Here is the key to the enduring success of the group found on page 7, para 2: “The decision was to go mainly western, and hope to be better than any other group.”
Paragraph 4 states: “Deciding that only dedication and hard work would prove the difference between being good and great, the group set about preparing themselves for the challenge that lay ahead. Beginning early in the morning the fellows would start their vocal exercise and end only when one voice or another gave out. It wasn’t unusual to put in eight, ten or twelve hours a day, perfecting their breathing and phrasing.”
Time proved the precision they acquired via breathing and phrasing to be the primary key that separated them from all others.
Strangely, whenever I mention Luke 16 and the rich man’s cry for water, one of this group’s most famous songs comes to mind, Cool Water. As with many of the songs, it has a haunting quality that lingers. Sometime, someplace you have heard the Sons of the Pioneers sing Tumbling Tumbleweed, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Red River Valley. A large number of my followers love the song written for Outlaw Willie, (Gaby Hayes) Don’t Fence Me In.
One founding member, Leonard Sly later became known as Roy Rogers. Joyce took me to a Sons Of The Pioneers concert in Branson on Friday last week.
The group’s success is traceable to today’s title, Commit to Excellence.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
P.S. Drop a note to me and I will share the secret of how Joyce once helped Dale Evans Rogers prepare for a concert at the church I pastored back then. Joyce and Dale became very good friends.
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