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The Library of Congress has an article on Western and Cowboy Songs including info on Roy, Gene, Bob Wills, more:

The E-Discographer's website has a history on the Beverly Hill Billies:

Roger Hall's Cowboy Songs Corral website has info and photos on several cowboy movie performers and various western tunes:

The Nashville Songwriters Foundation Hall Of Fame includes Jimmy Wakely, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Ray Whitley, Tex Ritter, Bob Nolan, Bob Wills, more.  The link below will take you to their website and when you get there, click on 'Hall of Fame':

The Country Music Hall of Fame winners include Tex Ritter, Bob Wills, Gene Autry, the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, more:

The Western Music Association Hall of Fame winners include Johnny Bond, Rex Allen, Tex Ritter, Bob Wills, Gene Autry, the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Jimmy Wakely, Monte Hale, Eddie Dean, the Riders of the Purple Sage, lots more: is a project of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, Inc. They have lots of info on Curley Fletcher, who was a prolific poet and also composed some western tunes. His most famous song is "The Strawberry Roan":

You might find some additional info on individuals and groups at the hillbilly music website:

Brad's Page Of Steel site on steel guitars includes info on Noel Boggs, Joaquin Murphey, Leon McAuliffe, more:

The official website for singer/yodeler Carolina Cotton is at:

Steve Hathaway has a western swing website at, and you may also want to visit his western swing links page:

The official Bob Wills website is at:

There's a website on the famous Phelps Brothers - Norman, Earl and Willie. There's info and a variety of images documenting the period when they were doing westerns as members of the Ray Whitley and the Six-Bar Cowboys group:

If you're looking for a composer, song, who has the copyright, etc., try one of these links:

ASCAP's ACE Database allows for queries:

BMI has a search function for song title, artist, composer, etc.:

Johnny Bond's daughter Sherry Bond had a website on her Dad. But as of early 2006, the site was no longer working (

The website on a CD for The Frontiersmen singing group has some vintage photos of Roy Rogers, Eddie Dean, Cactus Mack & the Saddle Tramps, more, and the URL is:

Adrian DeBee had a website honoring the novelty singing group, The Hoosier Hotshots. But it was no longer working when checked in February, 2019:

The Sons of the Pioneers singing group website is at:

The Riders of the Purple Sage singing group website was no longer working when checked in December, 2017:

The official Riders In The Sky website is at:

Here's the link to the Country Music Association (CMA):

The Country Music Hall of Fame winners include Tex Ritter, Bob Wills, Gene Autry, the Sons of the Pioneers, Johnny Bond, Roy Rogers:

There's a bio on Bob Wills at the Famous Texans website:

Many of the cowboy performers such as Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Max Terhune, Rex Allen and others worked at the National Barn Dance radio show which eminated from WLS radio in Chicago (and much later over Chicago's WGN radio).  The Barn Dance began their broadcasts in 1924, one year before the Grand Ole Opry show started.  You can read a bit of history about the Barn Dance at:

Some additional history on Chicago's WLS Radio, the 'Prairie Farmer' station, and home of the National Barn Dance:

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