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A Fond Salute to Roy Rogers
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Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer and actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans; his golden palomino, Trigger; and his German shepherd dog, Bullet. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, Pat Buttram or George "Gabby" Hayes. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.
Dale Evans (born Lucille Wood Smith; October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) was an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers with Lucille Ascolese 1933 - 1936 and Grace Arlene Wilkins 1936 - 1946.
Can you believe that Rogers' birth name was Leonard Franklin Slye? I found it tough myself to believe that clean-cut, all-American Roy Rogers known far and wide for being wholesome, humble, and willing to fight for the weak was Leonard Franklin Slye, but stranger things have happened as you veteran hubbers know.
Furthermore, can you also believe that Dale Evans, firm-spoken, but with a soft smile had her birth name as Lucille Wood Smith? I am not being cute, but I can understand why the famous duo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans did not go with Leonard Slye and Lucille Smith because in every Hollywood circle of the industry, no one even remotely going to have an acting career by using their real name. I am not being harsh, but honest.
I Fondly Remember
the rush that I had at age seven to be able to get in front of my sister's new Philco black and white television each Saturday morning to watch the Roy Rogers Show that always starred Dale Evans and Rogers' sidekick, Gabby Hayes.
Of course there were always bad guys wearing black hats--looking distrusting and speaking to other bad men in soft tones probably planning someone's bank (to be robbed) and always have the classic western get-away with the bank robbers being chased by Roy, Dale, Gabby, with Bullet, Rogers' German Shepherd, Trigger, Rogers' "Smartest Horse," and Buttermilk, Evans' cute and cuddly horse.
I always pulled for Rogers, Evans and Hayes along with their favorite animals, but one thing I never grasped. That was while Rogers and gang were chasing the bad men, Rogers would always be firing off his bone-handled 45's and never hitting any bad guy on the horses. Looks like to me that after so many scripted western shows, Rogers would understand this useless ploy, be wiser than the bank robbers and devise a clever trap and save all of those bullets.
Yes, those were the days alright. Roy, Dale, Gabby and company fighting for the right, investigating another land deed scam and other assorted crimes that were always solved at show's end. But I can tell you here for the very first time, I was bursting with pride to present A Fond Salute to Roy Rogers all for your enjoyment.
TV Westerns Fact!
This famous actor is none other than Gabby Hayes photo for NBC in 1953 used when he starred in The Roy Rogers Show.
Along with Hayes being one of the most comical sidekicks for Rogers, Hayes' I.Q. was exceptionally high, but never flaunted this amazing fact and knew a lot about history as well as early music styles.
I am so glad that you enjoyed this hub about Roy Rogers.
© 2017 Kenneth Avery