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singing cowboys
November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998


"King of the Cowboys"

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Roy Rogers with
the Sons of the Pioneers
The Old Corral
1937
Under Western Stars
Dale Evans, Trigger and Roy Rogers
LEFT: Western singer Roy Rogers gained prominence after he organized and sang with The Sons of the Pioneers in 1933. LEFT CENTER: Roy and the Sons signed with Republic Pictures in 1937 and performed in Gene Autry's movie, The Old Corral. In 1938 Roy was given a supporting role in Autry's The Old Barn Dance. RIGHT CENTER: A contract dispute between Autry and Republic found Rogers' starring in his first film as a singing cowboy in Republic's 1938 picture, Under Western Stars. RIGHT: By 1943 Rogers was the top western star at the box office. His film and subsequent television popularity with wife, Dale Evans, and Trigger has enshrined Roy Rogers as "King of the Cowboys."


Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers was born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911 on a farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born into a musical family and as a youth played the mandolin and called square dances.
In 1930, at the onset of the Depression, the Slye family moved to California where 19-year-old Leonard held a variety of jobs before singing on radio in an amateur talent show.
His radio performance led to his involvement in a succession of western singing groups culminating, in 1933, with the formation of The Sons of the Pioneers.
SONS OF THE PIONEERS.
Roy Rogers - Sons of the Pioneers
Roy Rogers with
the Sons of the Pioneers
The Sons worked on their harmonies and, in 1934, had their own radio show singing original songs.
They signed with Decca Records later that same year and attracted much attention with their smooth harmonies and infectious melodies in original tunes such as Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Cool Water.
THE SILVER SCREEN.
Hollywood called, and the Sons of the Pioneers signed with Republic Pictures and performed in a Gene Autry movie, The Old Corral (1937).
Sons of the Pioneers -- The Old Corral
Leonard Slye and the Sons of the Pioneers
The Old Corral
1937
Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers)
wearing black hat with
the Sons of the Pioneers
in The Old Corral
The following year Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers), billed as Dick Weston, was given a supporting role in Gene Autry's The Old Barn Dance (1938).
roy rogers ( dick weston ) - the old barn dance
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The Old
Barn Dance

1938
Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers)
billed as Dick Weston
Later that same year, Autry had a contract dispute with Republic and was quickly replaced by Dick Weston, now called Roy Rogers.
UNDER WESTERN STARS.
Roy Rogers - Under Western Stars
Under Western Stars
1938
Roy Rogers first starring role as a singing cowboy was in the 1938 film, Under Western Stars.
Autry returned to the fold, and through the 1940s and 1950s rivalled Rogers as America's favorite singing cowboy.
TELEVISION.
As the era of the singing cowboy began to wane in the early 1950s, Rogers moved into television with The Roy Rogers Show, which broadcast for six seasons from 1951–1957. 1

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The show's theme song, Happy Trails, was written by Rogers' wife Dale Evans.

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Happy Trails
The Cowboy
and the
Senorita
Roy Rogers
roy rogers happy trails book
rot rogers dale evans - the cowboy and the senorita
Happy Trails
Roy Rogers - happy trails pictorial book
roy rogers book
Our Life Story
by Dale Evans
256 pages
1995
A Biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
by Chris Ens
256 pages
2005
A Pictorial Celebration of the Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
by Howard Kazanian
and Chris Ens
170 pages
2005
encyclopedic reference book
by Robert W Phillips
McFarland & Co
435 pages
2009


Roy Rogers Comics
The Roy Rogers Book
Growing Up With
Roy and Dale
roy rogers comics
Roy Rogers
roy rogers newspaper comic strips
roy rogers book
Book description
Volume 1
240 pages
2008
The Collected Daily and Sunday Newspaper Strips
Intro by Tim Lasiuta
2011
Reference Trivia Scrapbook
by David Rothel
223 pages
1987
by Roy Rogers Jr
206 pages
1986



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Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Happy
Trails
Best of
Roy Rogers
roy rogers - sons of the pioneers
Roy Rogers original recordings
Roy Rogers original recordings
Sons of the Pioneers featuring Roy Rogers
MCA
1 CD / 8 tracks
The Roy Rogers Collection:
1937–1990
Rhino
3 CDs / 94 tracks
Original recordings
Curb Records
1 CD / 12 tracks


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.Biography .

Roy Rogers
roy rogers - biography dvd
A&E Biography
50 minutes
2005
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.Movies .

The
Old Corral
The Old
Barn Dance
Under
Western Stars
Roy Rogers Collection
roy rogers -the old corral
roy rogers - the old barn dance
roy rogers - under western stars
roy rogers - collection
Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers) with Sons of the Pioneers in first film (a 1937 Gene Autry film)
Released 2003
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Leonard Slye (billed as Dick Weston) in second film (a 1938 Gene Autry film)
4 DVDs
Released 2006
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Rogers first starring role as a singing cowboy
Released 2006
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VHS | DVD
20-Movie Pack
4 DVDs
Released 2006
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VHS | DVD


Roy Rogers filmed over 100 movies.
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.YouTube Videos .
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