Tim Spencer (singer)

Vernon Harold Timothy Spencer (July 13, 1908 – April 26, 1974) was an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Spencer is best known for founding the popular American Cowboy singing group the Sons of the Pioneers in 1933 along with Bob Nolan and Roy Rogers.

Tim Spencer
Birth nameVernon Harold Spencer
Born(1908-07-13)July 13, 1908
Webb City, Missouri
DiedApril 26, 1974(1974-04-26) (aged 65)
Apple Valley, California
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Actor
Years active1933–1949
Associated actsSons of the Pioneers


Vernon Harold Timothy Spencer was born to Edgar and Laura Alice Spencer on July 13, 1908 in Webb City, Missouri. The family moved to New Mexico when Tim was five years old, one of eight boys and two girls. The family later moved to Picher, Oklahoma two years later. In 1931, Tim left Oklahoma for Los Angeles and began working at Safeway.[1]


Spencer appeared with the Sons of the Pioneers in multiple films, and wrote many of the songs they performed. He retired from the Sons of the Pioneers in 1949, but continued managing them until 1952, and recorded with them until 1957 for RCA Victor. After leaving the group, Spencer organized a gospel music publishing company called Manna [Gaviota] Music . The company secured the rights to How Great Thou Art, which provided a solid business footing.

Tim Spencer was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame as an individual western music songwriter, and as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Hall of Great Western Performers in 1995.


His most popular commercial song was "Room Full of Roses", which was the No. 1 song in pop music in 1949 and again the No. 1 song in country music in 1974.[2]



  1. ^ "Tim Spencer". Bobnolan-sop.net. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tim Spencer – WMA Hall of Fame". Westernmusic.com. Retrieved June 7, 2011.

Further readingEdit

  • Hear My Song by Ken Griffis
  • Song of the West: the Tim Spencer Issue, Fall 1990

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