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Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: Ashley Elementary
The Legend of Pecos Bill
The Legend of Pecos Bill
Published: 2011/12/06
Channel: George Harper
Pecos Bill 3D - Canciones Infantiles
Pecos Bill 3D - Canciones Infantiles
Published: 2014/05/23
Channel: El Pollito Pio
Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill
Published: 2007/09/23
Channel: radiocfg
Pecos Bill UNCUT) Part 3
Pecos Bill UNCUT) Part 3
Published: 2013/07/13
Channel: muhammad ifzal
Disney
Disney's "Melody Time" - Pecos Bill (Part 1)
Published: 2013/07/21
Channel: DisneyMusics
Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends: Pecos Bill (1986)
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: Ye Olde Commercials
'The Ballad of Pecos Bill' by Roy Rogers.
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: TheLazyMBrand
Adventures from the Book of Virtues - Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue
Adventures from the Book of Virtues - Pecos Bill and Slue Foot Sue
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Ryan Nielsen
Pecos Bill (Jhonny Lange) [Infantiles FME Colombia]
Pecos Bill (Jhonny Lange) [Infantiles FME Colombia]
Published: 2014/10/17
Channel: Canti Rondas
Tall Tale (1995) ending - Pecos Bill rides up on a Tornado!
Tall Tale (1995) ending - Pecos Bill rides up on a Tornado!
Published: 2014/04/20
Channel: Max Walker
Dave
Dave's Nostalgia Trip - Ep405 - Pecos Bill (Philips CDi - 1992)
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: infectedflinch
Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: sjs228
Luis Aguilé - Pecos Bill
Luis Aguilé - Pecos Bill
Published: 2007/02/01
Channel: ogrinch
Pecos Bill (Disney Original) en Español Latino Neutro
Pecos Bill (Disney Original) en Español Latino Neutro
Published: 2015/08/07
Channel: Abel David Androschuk
Pecos Bill - Homo Sapiens (Alta Qualità - Musica italiana)
Pecos Bill - Homo Sapiens (Alta Qualità - Musica italiana)
Published: 2012/10/29
Channel: Nuova Canaria Records
LUIS AGUILE - PECOS BILL (Canción original)
LUIS AGUILE - PECOS BILL (Canción original)
Published: 2011/10/22
Channel: Anibal Avalos
Luis Aguile - Pecos Bill el vaquero mas autentico que existió !
Luis Aguile - Pecos Bill el vaquero mas autentico que existió !
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Baladas Romanticas en Español juanca299
Pecos Bill Lunch Date with Ryno & Steve | Magic Kingdom
Pecos Bill Lunch Date with Ryno & Steve | Magic Kingdom
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: DIS Unplugged
Pecos Bill - Out-Hissed the Rattlesnake
Pecos Bill - Out-Hissed the Rattlesnake
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: dasmervin
Pecos bill disney reverse
Pecos bill disney reverse
Published: 2016/05/24
Channel: AlbaOrtiz0955 Eieia y Ieieo
Pecos Bill - Melody Time 1948
Pecos Bill - Melody Time 1948
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: Ben Granovsky
Pecos Bill Rides A Tornado in Texas
Pecos Bill Rides A Tornado in Texas
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: T.W. Lawrence
CUENTO PECOS BILL
CUENTO PECOS BILL
Published: 2013/02/02
Channel: SARAY CRUZ
The SECRET Nachos Rio Grande at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World!
The SECRET Nachos Rio Grande at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe in Disney World!
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: DFBGuide
Pecos Bill - Dúo Tiempo de sol
Pecos Bill - Dúo Tiempo de sol
Published: 2012/05/11
Channel: Jorge Luis Chocobar Pantoja
AMAZING - Secret Nachos Experience at Pecos Bill - Disney
AMAZING - Secret Nachos Experience at Pecos Bill - Disney's Magic Kingdom - Nachos Rio Grande
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: BigFatPanda
Pecos Bill song - Walt Disney Cart00n
Pecos Bill song - Walt Disney Cart00n
Published: 2011/12/08
Channel: joy5wilar
FOOD REVIEW - New PECOS BILL Tall Tale Inn & Cafe Menu - Frontierland - Disney World - Magic Kingdom
FOOD REVIEW - New PECOS BILL Tall Tale Inn & Cafe Menu - Frontierland - Disney World - Magic Kingdom
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: BigFatPanda
Los de la orilla - Pecos Bill
Los de la orilla - Pecos Bill
Published: 2014/01/13
Channel: Luis Peralta
Between the lions episode 1 Pecos Bill cleans up the west
Between the lions episode 1 Pecos Bill cleans up the west
Published: 2015/06/06
Channel: Dragoman666
Luis Pescetti - Pecos Bill
Luis Pescetti - Pecos Bill
Published: 2009/09/28
Channel: Luis Pescetti
Disneyland Paris Sing Along Songs Pecos Bill
Disneyland Paris Sing Along Songs Pecos Bill
Published: 2010/05/08
Channel: k9774
Legends of the Hidden Temple Crossovers - Pecos Bill (Disney)
Legends of the Hidden Temple Crossovers - Pecos Bill (Disney)
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: BRRGames
MelodyTime - Pecos Bill uncensored
MelodyTime - Pecos Bill uncensored
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: entrynotfound2
Pecos Bill   70 Rondas
Pecos Bill 70 Rondas
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: TiempoPrevio TiempoPrevio
10Los Tres Diamantes   Pecos Bill VintageMusic es
10Los Tres Diamantes Pecos Bill VintageMusic es
Published: 2012/10/08
Channel: Hits Musicales
HNOS. BARRON - PECOS BILL
HNOS. BARRON - PECOS BILL
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: El NeoN
Pecos Bill / Sons Of The Pioneers 1961
Pecos Bill / Sons Of The Pioneers 1961
Published: 2014/06/25
Channel: Johnn Maddy
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Published: 2015/11/17
Channel: Eating My Ears
Chantons Ensemble 7 Pecos bill (Mélodie Cocktail)
Chantons Ensemble 7 Pecos bill (Mélodie Cocktail)
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: alexandrahautman93
Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill
Published: 2015/04/28
Channel: Lisa Parisi
Benja Pecos Bill
Benja Pecos Bill
Published: 2014/09/14
Channel: guingo gonzalez
Homo Sapiens - Pecos Bill
Homo Sapiens - Pecos Bill
Published: 2012/06/18
Channel: bagalu1959
Pecos Bill, Homo Sapiens, by Prince of roses
Pecos Bill, Homo Sapiens, by Prince of roses
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Riccardo D'Ettole
Cepillin - Pecos Bill
Cepillin - Pecos Bill
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: Irvin Sierra
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: UndercoverTourist.com
Roy Rogers - The Legend of Pecos Bill (OTR Western)
Roy Rogers - The Legend of Pecos Bill (OTR Western)
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: OTR Old Time Radio
Pecos Bill cyclone
Pecos Bill cyclone
Published: 2013/06/03
Channel: Jay Villegas
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pecos bill chipitin
Published: 2011/09/02
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Pecos Bill is a cowboy, apocryphally immortalized in American folklore set in the Old West during American westward expansion into the Southwest of Texas, New Mexico, Southern California, and Arizona. Their stories were probably invented as short stories and a book by Edward S. O'Reilly in the early 20th Century and are considered to be an example of fakelore. Pecos Bill was a late addition to the "big man" idea of characters, such as Paul Bunyan or John Henry.

History[edit]

The first stories were published in 1917 by Edward O'Reilly for The Century Magazine and collected and reprinted in 1923 in the book Saga of Pecos Bill (1923). O'Reilly said they were part of an oral tradition of tales told by cowboys during the westward expansion and settlement of the southwest including Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. But American folklorist Richard M. Dorson found that O'Reilly invented the stories as "folklore",[1] and that later writers either borrowed tales from O'Reilly or added further adventures of their own invention to the cycle.[2] One of the best-known versions of the Pecos Bill stories is by James Cloyd Bowman in Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time (1937), which won the Newbery Honor in 1938 and was republished in 2007.

Edward "Tex" O'Reilly co-authored a cartoon strip with cartoonist Jack A. Warren, also known as Alonzo Vincent Warren, between 1929 and 1938. When O'Reilly died in 1938, Warren began a strip titled Pecos Pete. This was a story about "Pecos Bill", who had received a "lump on the naggan" that caused him amnesia. The cartoons originally were published in The Sun and were later syndicated. He also has a wife, named Slue-Foot Sue.

Pecos Bill made the leap to film in the 1948 Walt Disney animated feature Melody Time. He was portrayed by Patrick Swayze in Disney's 1995 film Tall Tale.

"Pecos Bill" was also the nickname of Civil War general William Shafter,[3] although this was before O'Reilly created the legend. Shafter was considered a hero in Texas and even had some legendary poetry written about how tough he was.[4]

Description[edit]

According to the legend, Pecos Bill was born in Texas in the 1830s (or 1845 in some versions, the year of Texas' statehood). Pecos Bill's family decided to move out because his town was being "too crowded". Pecos Bill was traveling in a covered wagon as an infant when he fell out unnoticed by the rest of his family near the Pecos River (thus his nickname). He was taken in and raised by a pack of coyotes. Years later he was found by his real brother, who managed to convince him he was not a coyote.

He grew up to become a cowboy. Pecos used a rattlesnake named Shake as a lasso and another snake as a little whip. His horse, Widow-Maker (also called Lightning), was so named because no other man could ride him and live. Dynamite was said to be his favorite food. It is also said Pecos sometimes rode a cougar instead of a horse. On one of his adventures, Pecos Bill managed to lasso a twister. It was also said that he once wrestled the Bear Lake Monster for several days until Bill finally defeated it.

On one of his adventures, Pecos Bill managed to lasso a twister.

Pecos Bill had a lover named Slue-Foot Sue, who rode a giant catfish down the Rio Grande. He was fishing with the pack when he saw her. Shake, Widow-Maker, and Slue-Foot Sue are as idealized as Pecos Bill.

After a courtship in which, among other things, Pecos Bill shoots all the stars from the sky except for one which becomes the Lone Star, Pecos proposes to Sue. She insists on riding Widow-Maker before, during or after the wedding (depending on variations in the story). Widow-Maker, jealous of no longer having Bill's undivided attention, bounces Sue off; she lands on her bustle and begins bouncing higher and higher. Pecos attempts, but fails, to lasso her, because Widow-Maker didn't want her on his back again, and she eventually hits her head on the moon. After she has been bouncing for days, Pecos Bill realizes that she would eventually starve to death, so he lassos her with Shake the rattlesnake and brings her back down. Widow-Maker, realizing that what he did to her was wrong, apologizes. In Bowman's version of the story, Sue eventually recovers from the bouncing but is so traumatized by the experience she never talks to Pecos Bill again. Though it is said that Bill was married many times, he never liked the others as much as Sue, and the other relationships didn't work out. In some versions, Sue couldn't stop bouncing, and Bill couldn't stop her bouncing either, so Bill had to shoot her to put her out of her misery. Although he married many times after that, he never loved a girl as much as Sue.

In the Melody Time version, Sue gets stranded on the moon upon impact due to Widow-Maker's interference in preventing Bill from lassoing her, causing a disheartened Bill to leave civilization and rejoin the coyotes, who now howl at the moon in honor of Bill's sorrow.

Appearances[edit]

  • Pecos Bill appeared in the 1995 Disney film Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill portrayed by Patrick Swayze. In the story The Death of Pecos Bill, Pecos Bill is in a bar when a so-called city boy walks in with gator-skin shoes and a gator-skin suit, otherwise trying to present himself in the manner of an outlaw cowboy. Pecos Bill found it amusing and laughed himself to death outside.
  • Comedian Robin Williams recorded a children's audiobook version of the story, with music by Ry Cooder, for Rabbit Ears/Windham Hill, in 1988.
  • Pecos Bill appeared in the children's book The Great Texas Hamster Drive by Eric A. Kimmel.
  • Harold W. Felton authored three books of Pecos Bill tall tales

See also[edit]

Other "Big Men"

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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