Thursday, October 29, 2009
Happy Trails: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Who remembers Roy & Dale? I work with some young people who never heard of 'em - lol!
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), was a singer and cowboy actor, as well as the namesake of the Roy Rogers Restaurants chain. He and his second wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd Dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies and The Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often either Pat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchety Gabby Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West."
Posting this because Alan Landros mentioned in a recent email that his parents knew Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! They all attended Dr. Jack MacArthur's church in Hollywood before he was born and his folks along with his uncle sang on MacArthur's radio program, "The Voice of Calvary" every week along with Dale Evans Rogers.
I asked him if he ever met Trigger as a kid and Alan replied: I never met Trigger alive, but I have seen him "stuffed" in their Apple Valley museum.
Below is a great video clip of Roy singing 'Don't Fence Me In' in the 1944 movie, 'Hollywood Canteen' (my cousin, Joan Leslie, was also in this movie) - here is the movie trailer.