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  • … that Leonard Slye’s (Roy Rogers) mother, Martha (Mattie) Womack, was born on March 8, 1882 in Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky?

  • … that Leonard Slye’s (Roy Rogers) father Andrew (Andy) Earl Slye was born on August 24, 1883 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio?

  • … that Leonard Slye’s (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 Cincinnati, where his father began work at another shoe factory?

  • … that 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 Brothers?

  • … 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 "Trigger"?

  • … 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?

  • … that 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 uncredited.

  • … 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 Autry’s 1936 film, The Big Show?

  • … that Leonard had an unaccredited role in the 1936 Bing Crosby film, Rhythm on the Range?

  • … that in 1938, Leonard using the name Dick Weston played the singer in Gene Autry’s The Old Barn Dance?

  • … that Roy’s 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 Hood?

  • … 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 Pictures?

  • … that Roy bought Trigger in 1938?

  • … that in 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?

  • … that in 1940, Roy played a supporting role in the John Wayne classic Dark Command?

  • … 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 merchandising?

  • … 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 Hill"?

  • … that Roy and Dale soon fell in love, and Roy proposed to her during a rodeo at Chicago Stadium?

  • … that 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?

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  • … 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 Roy’s 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 Roy’s 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 Roy’s single "Lovenworth" hit #12 on the U.S. Country chart in 1971?

  • … that Roy’s 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?

  • … that on 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 County, California?

  • …that Dale died February 7, 2001 at the age of 88 in Apple Valley, California?


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