that Leonard Slyes (Roy Rogers) mother,
Martha (Mattie) Womack, was born on March 8, 1882 in Grayson,
Carter County, Kentucky?
that Leonard Slyes (Roy Rogers)
father Andrew (Andy) Earl Slye was born on August 24, 1883 in
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio?
that Leonard Slyes (Roy
Rogers) parents Andy Slye married Mattie Womack on Jul 29,
1905 in Pactolus, Carter Co., Kentucky?
that Roy Rogers
was born Leonard Franklin Slye to Andy and Mattie Slye in
Cincinnati, Ohio, where his family lived in a tenement
building on 2nd Street, on November 5, 1911? (Riverfront
Stadium was constructed at this location in 1970 and Rogers
would later joke that he had been born at second base.)
that in 1919, the Slyes purchased a farm in Duck Run, located
near Lucasville, Ohio about 12 miles north of Portsmouth?
that when he was 17, his family returned to
where his father began work at another shoe factory?
in 1929, his older sister, Mary, moved to Lawndale, California
with her husband?
that the Slye family packed their 1923
Dodge for a visit with Mary and stayed four months before
returning to Ohio?
that almost immediately afterward,
Leonard had the opportunity to travel to California with
Mary's father-in-law, and the rest of the family followed in
the spring of 1930?
that Leonard and cousin Stanley Slye
went to Los Angeles and sought musical engagements as The Slye
that in 1932, Leonard met Lucille Ascolese
while on tour?
that in 1932, a palomino colt was foaled
in Santa Cietro, CA, named "Golden Cloud", and later renamed
that in May 1933, Leonard, 21, proposed to
Lucille, 19, via a radio broadcast?
that Leonard 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?
that Grace Wilkins traded Leonard a lemon pie for his
singing "Swiss Yodel" over the air?
that The Sons of the
Pioneers was an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933
by Leonard Slye (better known by his later screen name, Roy
Rogers), with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan?
that by August
1934, Leonard and Lucille had separated as she was reportedly
jealous and tired of being a musician's wife?
Slightly Static, a 1935 American short comedy film directed by
William H. Terhune, was the debut film of Leonard Slye who
performed with the Sons of the Pioneers although his name was
that on May 28, 1935, Leonard and Lucille's
divorce was granted and became final on June 8, 1936?
that on June 11, 1936, having corresponded since their first
meeting, Leonard and Grace Arline Wilkins were married in
Roswell, New Mexico?
that in 1936, Leonard had an
unaccredited role as a Sons of the Pioneers guitar player in
the Gene Autrys 1936 film, The Big Show?
had an unaccredited role in the 1936 Bing Crosby film, Rhythm
on the Range?
that in 1938, Leonard using the name
Weston played the singer in Gene Autrys The Old Barn Dance?
that Roys horse Trigger, originally named Golden Cloud,
made his movie debut as the mount of Maid Marian, played by
Olivia de Havilland in the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin
that Under Western Stars (1938) is a Western film
starring Roy Rogers and Smiley Burnette, that was the first
starring role for Rogers, made under contract to Republic
that Roy bought Trigger in 1938?
the Motion Picture Herald Top Ten Money-Making Western Stars
poll, Rogers was listed for 15 consecutive years from 1939 to
1954, holding first place from 1943 to 1954?
1940, Roy played a supporting role in the John Wayne classic
that with money from not only Roy's films
but his own public appearances going to Republic Pictures, he
brought a clause into a 1940 contract with the studio where he
would have the right to his likeness, voice and name for
that in 1941, the Leonard and Arline
adopted a girl, Cheryl Darlene?
that in 1942, they
legally changed their names to Roy and Grace Arline Rogers?
that in 1943, Arline bore a daughter, Linda Lou?
that in 1944, Dale Evans was first cast in a movie with Roy?
that in 1944, Warner Bros. resurrected "Don't Fence Me
In" for Roy Rogers to sing in the movie, Hollywood Canteen?
that Roy and Arline had a son, Roy Jr. ("Dusty") in
1946, but Arline died of complications from the birth a few
days afterward on November 3?
that Roy hit #7 on the
U.S. Country chart in 1946 with "A Little White Cross on the
that Roy and Dale soon fell in love, and Roy
proposed to her during a rodeo at Chicago Stadium?
Roy and Dale married on New Year's Eve in 1947 at the Flying L
Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, where a few months earlier they had
filmed Home in Oklahoma?
that in 1947, Roy released "My Chickashay Gal" single and hit #4 on the U.S. Country chart?
that in 1948 Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers hit the
U.S. Country chart with the singles "Blue Shadows on the
Trail" #6 and (There'll Never Be Another) Pecos Bill" #13?
that in August 1950, Dale and Roy had a daughter, Robin
Elizabeth, who died of complications of Down Syndrome shortly
before her second birthday.
that Roys wife Dale Evans
wrote about losing their daughter in her book Angel Unaware?
that in 1950 the single "Stampede" hit #8 on the U.S.
Country chart for Roy?
that the Roy Rogers Show included
100 episodes from 1951 to 1957 which included the Double R Bar
Ranch, his "Smartest Horse in the Movies" Trigger, "The Queen
of the Cowgirls" Dale, her horse Buttermilk, their dog Bullet,
and even Pat's jeep Nellybelle.
that in 1952, Son of
Paleface was a western comedy film and sequel to The Paleface
(1948), directed by Frank Tashlin and written by Tashlin,
Joseph Quillan and Robert L. Welch, that stars Bob Hope, Jane
Russell and Roy Rogers?
that Roys mom, Mattie died on
November 3, 1958 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County,
California and was buried Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth,
California, at Plot: Section: Acacia, Lot: 35, Grave 5?
that in the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a
comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Show, aired on ABC and was cancelled after three months?
that Trigger died on July 3, 1965?
that Roys single "Lovenworth"
hit #12 on the U.S. Country chart in 1971?
dad, Andy Slye died on August 3, 1972, in Apple Valley,
California and was buried Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth,
California at Plot: Section: Acacia, Lot: 35, Grave 6?
that Roy in 1974 had a hit single with "Hoppy, Gene and Me"
topping the U.S. Country chart at #15 from the album Happy
Trails to You
that Roy and Dale were inducted into the
Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1976
and Roy was inducted again as a member of the Sons of the
Pioneers in 1995?
that Roy was also twice elected to the
Country Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of The Sons of
the Pioneers in 1980 and as a soloist in 1988?
February 29, 1984 Roy appears in the episode King of the
Cowboys on the TV series, The Fall Guy?
that Roy died of
congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998 at the age of 86?
that Roy and Dale Rogers was living in Apple Valley,
California at the time of his death?
that Roy was buried
at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley, San Bernardino
that Dale died February 7, 2001 at the
age of 88 in Apple Valley, California?