Roy Rogers
American singer and film actor
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers, born Leonard Franklin Slye, was an American singer and cowboy actor, one of the most heavily marketed and merchandised stars of his era, as well as being the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain. He and his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino, Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog, Bullet, were featured in more than 100 movies and The Roy Rogers Show.
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Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers - 'Translucent Blues' - The Virginian-Pilot
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Teaming with blues slide guitar virtuoso Roy Rogers, legendary keyboardist and composer Ray Manzarek finds creative success beyond The Doors. On “Translucent Blues,” the two veterans prove old blues dogs can create new musical tricks
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Riders in the Sky tip the Stetson to singing cowboys - TriCities.com
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“I grew up in the '50s and was saturated with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy,” Green said by phone from his home in Nashville, Tenn. “I was reintroduced to them in 1974.” By then the shine on the western music's star had turned to tarnish
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Ainge: Celtics coaching staff set - Boston Globe (blog)
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With Lawrence Frank, Darren Erman, and big man coach Roy Rogers gone, Ainge said today that the club will not make any more additions to the staff, meaning just-promoted Mike Longabardi is likely to fill Frank's role as defensive coordinator
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1899 Morgan Had Role in Roy Rogers Movie - NumisMaster.com
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You might say that an 1899 Morgan dollar had a starring role in a Roy Rogers movie released in 1948, “Night Time in Nevada.” In the story, a murdered miner's lucky silver dollar points his daughter and Roy in the killer's direction
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Fans turn out for Roy Rogers' 100th birthday celebration - Victorville Daily Press
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VICTORVILLE • Celebrating what would have been Roy Rogers 100th year means more to “Cowboy Jerry” Sooter than remembering a Western music icon. To him, it's a hats-off of yesteryear. “As a little boy I grew up watching Roy Rogers,” Sooter said
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Fate intervened when Roy Rogers suffered onstage heart attack - Tahoe Daily Tribune
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Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings play the final Bluesdays! show of the season at 6 pm Tuesday, Aug. 30. It wraps up the third year of free shows at the Village at Squaw Valley USA in July and August featuring national touring blues bands
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INLAND: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans celebration includes Norco artist - Press-Enterprise
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Norco artist Katie West is set to participate in a celebration of 100 years of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans set Friday, Saturday, and Aug. 28 in Victorville. West has been working 20-hour days to create new pieces for the event,
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What DPS manager is changing - Detroit Free Press
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Using the authority of the Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, Public Act 4 of 2011, the Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Rogers is modifying the district's union contracts
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Collapse: It's a Beautiful Day - Hawaii News Daily
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My only fear is that the chickensh*t sissies who grew up listening to Dr. Seuss and the Muppets and Mr. Rogers instead of Roy Rogers, Rocket Man and Rin-Tin-Tin won't be able to stand up and be men when the country needs men
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Doors keyman breaks on through to blues festival - In-Forum
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Ray Manzarek, left, and Roy Rogers will perform together at the Fargo Blues Festival on Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field. Special to The Forum Tickets: Tickets are $20 for a single day or two-day passes for $33 in advance. (218) 287-7775
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Roy Rogers names new brand marketing firm - QSRweb.com
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Roy Rogers restaurants has selected Brandstand Group as its brand strategy and marketing agency of record. Working closely with Roy Rogers' executive team, Brandstand will manage the company's proactive marketing efforts as it strives to continue to
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Gibson Co. celebrates a century of Roy Rogers - 14WFIE.com
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A centennial celebration at the Gibson County Fairgrounds includes Roy Rogers memorabilia and some classic cowboy movies. Look-a-likes are also part of the tribute, along with western music and familiar characters and critters
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Roy Rogers event to benefit veterans project - Evansville Courier & Press
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Anyone who has visited Henager's Memories & Nostalgia, the Buckskin, Ind., nonprofit museum started by James Henager, understands the curator's zeal for all things Roy Rogers. "I grew up with him," says the 60-year-old Henager,
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Slide blues guitarist Roy Rogers tops a strong five-concert lineup at this ... - Monterey County Herald
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7, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings with Red Beans & Rice. That bill will make saying goodbye for another year a little less painful. In a phone interview from his home in Nevada City, blues slide guitarist extraordinaire and two-time
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Mike Cline: Remembering Roy Rogers - Salisbury Post
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Yates, liking the double “r” alliteration, dropped the first syllable, and Roy Rogers became a cowboy star in 1938. “Under Western Stars” was the first of Roy's 98 movies. Then, from 1951-57, he made 100 episodes of “The Roy Rogers Show” for television
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Rogers
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1998
    Age 86
    When Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998, he was residing in Apple Valley, California.
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  • 1983
    Age 71
    In 1983 he was awarded the Golden Boot Award, and in 1996 he received the Golden Boot Founder's Award.
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  • 1980
    Age 68
    Rogers was also twice elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1980, and again as a soloist in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details To this day, he remains the only person elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame twice. In 2001, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him and Dale Evans. Rogers' cultural influence is reflected in numerous songs, including "If I Had a Boat" by Lyle Lovett, "Roy Rogers" by Elton John on his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and "Should've Been a Cowboy" by Toby Keith. Rogers himself makes an appearance in the music video for the song "Heroes and Friends" by Randy Travis. Rogers is referenced in numerous films, including Die Hard (1988) in which the Bruce Willis character John McClane used the pseudonym "Roy" and remarks, "I was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually." In the television series American Dad!, the character Roger uses "Roy Rogers" as a pseudonym in the episode "Roy Rogers McFreely".
  • 1976
    Age 64
    In 1976, Rogers and Evans were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 1995 he was inducted again as a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers.
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  • 1975
    Age 63
    Rogers owned a Thoroughbred racehorse named Triggairo, who won 13 career races including the 1975 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita Park. In 1932 a palomino colt foaled in California was named "Golden Cloud"; when Len acquired him, he renamed him "Trigger". In 1932, Len met an admirer named Lucile Ascolese. Roy and Lucile were married in 1933 by a justice of the peace in Los Angeles; the marriage failed, and the couple divorced in 1936. Len then went on tour with the "O-Bar-O Cowboys" and in June 1933 met Grace Arline Wilkins at a Roswell, New Mexico, radio station. They were married in Roswell, New Mexico, on June 11, 1936, after having corresponded since their first meeting. In 1941, the couple adopted a daughter, Cheryl Darlene. Two years later, Grace gave birth to the couple's daughter Linda Lou, followed by son Roy, Jr. ("Dusty") in 1946.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1968
    Age 56
    In 1968, Rogers licensed his name to the Marriott corporation, which converted its Hot Shoppes locations to Roy Rogers Restaurants, with which Rogers otherwise had no involvement.
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  • 1962
    Age 50
    Rogers and Evans's famous theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Evans; they sang it as a duet to sign off their television show. In the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, aired on ABC.
    More Details Hide Details It was cancelled after three months, losing in the ratings to The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. He also made numerous cameo or guest appearances on other popular television shows, starring as himself or other cowboy-type characters, such as in an episode of Wonder Woman called "The Bushwackers". Rogers also owned a Hollywood production company which handled his own series. It also filmed other undertakings, including the 1955–1956 CBS western series Brave Eagle starring Keith Larsen as a young peaceful Cheyenne chief, Kim Winona as Morning Star, his romantic interest, and the Hopi Indian Anthony Numkena as Keena, Brave Eagle's foster son.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 35
    They married on New Year's Eve in 1947 at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, where they had filmed Home in Oklahoma a few months earlier.
    More Details Hide Details Together they had five children Robin Elizabeth, who had Down Syndrome and died of complications with mumps shortly before her second birthday, & adopted four children: Mimi, Dodie, Sandy, and Debbie. 4 Evans wrote about losing their daughter in her book Angel Unaware.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 28
    With money from not only Rogers' films but his own public appearances going to Republic Pictures, Rogers brought a clause into a 1940 contract with the studio where he would have the right to his likeness, voice and name for merchandising.
    More Details Hide Details There were Roy Rogers action figures, cowboy adventure novels, and playsets, as well as a comic strip, a long-lived Dell Comics comic book series (Roy Rogers Comics) written by Gaylord Du Bois, and a variety of marketing successes. Roy Rogers was second only to Walt Disney in the amount of items featuring his name. The Sons of the Pioneers continued their popularity, and they have never stopped performing from the time Rogers started the group, replacing members as they retired or died (all original members are deceased). Although Rogers was no longer an active member, they often appeared as Rogers' backup group in films, radio, and television, and Rogers would occasionally appear with them in performances up until his death. In August 1950, Rogers and Evans were also well known as advocates for adoption and as founders and operators of children's charities. They adopted several children. Both were outspoken Christians after their marriage. Beginning in 1949 they were part of the Hollywood Christian Group founded by their friend and Bel Air Church's Organizing Pastor, Louis Evans, Jr. The Hollywood Christian Group first met in Henrietta Mears' home then eventually Louis Evans, Jr. and Colleen Townsend's home after they married. Billy Graham and Jane Russell were also part of the Hollywood Christian Group. In 1956 the Hollywood Christian Group became Bel Air Church. In Apple Valley, California, where they made their home, numerous streets and highways as well as civic buildings have been named after them in recognition of their efforts on behalf of homeless and handicapped children.
  • 1938
    Age 26
    He appeared in the similar Box Office poll from 1938 to 1955, holding first place from 1943 to 1952. (In the final three years of that poll he was second only to Randolph Scott.) Although these two polls are really an indication only of the popularity of series stars, Rogers also appeared in the Top Ten Money Makers Poll of all films in 1945 and 1946.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers was an idol for many children through his films and television shows. Most of his postwar films were in Trucolor during an era when almost all other B westerns were black-and-white. Some of his movies would segue into animal adventures, in which Rogers's horse Trigger would go off on his own for a while, with the camera following him.
    In 1938, when Autry was demanding more money for his work, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers".
    More Details Hide Details Actually, there was a competition for a new singing cowboy, and many western singers sought the job, including Willie Phelps of the Phelps brothers who appeared in early western movies. Slye ended up winning the contest and became Roy Rogers. Slye's stage name was suggested by Republic Picture's staff after Will Rogers and the shortening of Leroy, and he was assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Rogers became a matinee idol and American legend. A competitor for Gene Autry as the nation's favorite singing cowboy was suddenly born. In addition to his own movies, Rogers played a supporting role in the John Wayne classic Dark Command (1940). Rogers became a major box office attraction. Unlike other stars, the vast majority of Rogers' leading roles allowed him to play a character with his own name in the manner of Gene Autry.
  • 1935
    Age 23
    From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily in Western films, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in a Gene Autry movie.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1931
    Age 19
    In the spring of 1931, after the construction company went bankrupt, Len traveled to Tulare, California where he found work picking peaches for Del Monte.
    More Details Hide Details During this time he lived in a labor camp similar to the ones depicted in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes Of Wrath. The economic hardship of the Great Depression was just as severe in California as it was in Ohio. After 19 year old Len Slye's second arrival in Lawndale, his sister Mary suggested that he audition for the Midnight Frolic radio program, which broadcast over KMCS in Inglewood. A few nights later, wearing a Western shirt that Mary had made for him, Leonard overcame his shyness and appeared on the program playing guitar, singing, and yodeling. A few days later, he was asked to join a local country music group called The Rocky Mountaineers. Len accepted the group's offer and became a member in August 1931. By September 1931, Slye hired Canadian-born Bob Nolan who answered the group's classified ad in the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner that read, "Yodeler for old-time act, to travel. Tenor preferred." Although Nolan stayed with the group only a short time, he and Len stayed in touch. Nolan was replaced by Tim Spencer.
  • 1929
    Age 17
    By 1929, after Len's older sister Mary and her husband moved to Lawndale, California, he and his father quit their factory jobs, packed up their 1923 Dodge, and drove the family to California to visit Mary.
    More Details Hide Details They stayed for four months before returning to Ohio. Soon after returning, young Len had the opportunity to travel again to California with Mary's father-in-law, and the rest of the family followed in the spring of 1930. The Slye family rented a small house near Mary, and Len and his father found employment driving gravel trucks for a highway-construction project.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Age 0
    Dissatisfied with his job and city life, Andy and his brother Will built a houseboat from salvage lumber, and in July 1912 the Slye family traveled up the Ohio River towards Portsmouth, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details Desiring a more stable existence in Portsmouth, they purchased land on which to build a house, but the Great Flood of 1913 allowed them to move the houseboat to their property and continue living in it on dry land. In 1919 the Slye family purchased a farm in Duck Run, located near Lucasville, Ohio, about north of Portsmouth, and built a six-room house. Andy Slye soon realized that the farm alone would provide insufficient income for his family, so he took a job at a Portsmouth shoe factory, living in Portsmouth during the week and returning home on weekends bearing gifts following paydays. A notable gift was a horse on which young Len Slye learned the basics of horsemanship. Living on the farm with no radio, the family made their own entertainment. On Saturday nights, the family often invited neighbors over for square dances, during which Len would sing, play mandolin, and call the square dances. He also learned to yodel during this time, and he and his mother would use yodeling calls to communicate with each other across distances on the farm.
  • 1911
    Born
    Born on November 5, 1911.
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