The Talented Roy Rogers Part Three

The Talented Roy Rogers Part Three

Death

Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998. He had been residing in Apple Valley, California. He was buried at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, as was his wife Dale Evans three years later.

 

Honors and awards

Rogers performing at Knott’s Berry Farm
On February 8, 1960, Roy Rogers was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: for Motion Pictures at 1752 Vine Street, for Television at 1620 Vine Street, and for Radio at 1733 Vine Street. In 1983 he was awarded the Golden Boot Award, and in 1996 he received the Golden Boot Founder’s Award.
In 1976, Rogers and Evans were inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in 1995 he was inducted again as a founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers.
Rogers received recognition from the State of Arkansas, appointed by the governor of that state with a Arkansas Traveler certificate.
Rogers was also twice elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1980, and again as a soloist in 1988. To this day, he remains the only person elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame twice. In 2001, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him and Dale Evans.
Rogers’ cultural influence is reflected in numerous songs, including “If I Had a Boat” by Lyle Lovett, “Roy Rogers” by Elton John on his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith. Rogers himself makes an appearance in the music video for the song “Heroes and Friends” by Randy Travis. Rogers is referenced in numerous films, including Die Hard (1988) in which the Bruce Willis character John McClane used the pseudonym “Roy” and remarks, “I was always kinda partial to Roy Rogers actually.” In the television series American Dad!, the character Roger uses “Roy Rogers” as a pseudonym in the episode “Roy Rogers McFreely”.

 

Filmography

* Slightly Static (1935) as member of Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
* The Old Homestead (1935) as Len, member of Sons of the Pioneers (credited as Len Slye)
* Way Up Thar (1935) as band member (credited as Len Slye)
* Gallant Defender (1935) as guitar-playing Nester (uncredited)
* The Mysterious Avenger (1936) as musician Len (credited as Len Slye)
* Song of the Saddle (1936) as guitarist with Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
* Rhythm on the Range (1936) as Leonard with Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
* California Mail (1936) as square dance caller (uncredited)
* The Big Show (1936) as guitarist with Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
* The Old Corral (1936) as Buck O’Keefe (uncredited)
* The Old Wyoming Trail (1937) as guitar player, singer, cowhand Len (uncredited)
* Wild Horse Rodeo (1937) as singer (credited as Dick Weston)
* The Old Barn Dance (1938) as singer (credited as Dick Weston)
* Under Western Stars (1938) as himself
* Billy the Kid Returns (1938) as Roy Rogers and Billy the Kid
* A Feud There Was (1938) as Elmer Fudd, peacemaker (Egghead) (singing voice, uncredited)
* Come On, Rangers (1938) as himself
* Shine On, Harvest Moon (1938) as himself
* Rough Riders’ Round-up (1939) as himself
* Southward Ho (1939) as Roy
* Frontier Pony Express (1939) as Roy Rogers, Pony Express rider
* In Old Caliente (1939) as himself
* Wall Street Cowboy (1939) as himself
* The Arizona Kid (1939) as himself
* Jeepers Creepers (1939) as Sheriff Roy Rogers
* Saga of Death Valley (1939) as himself
* Days of Jesse James (1939) as himself
* Dark Command (1940) as Fletch McCloud
* Young Buffalo Bill (1940) as Bill Cody
* The Carson City Kid (1940) as Carson City Kid
* The Ranger and the Lady (1940) as Texas Ranger Captain Roy Colt
* Colorado (1940) as Lieutenant Jerry Burke
* Young Bill Hickok (1940) as Bill Hickok
* The Border Legion (1940) as Dr. Stephen Kellogg, aka Steve Kells
* Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941) as Vance Corbin
* Arkansas Judge (1941) as Tom Martel
* In Old Cheyenne (1941) as Steve Blane
* Sheriff of Tombstone (1941) as Brett Starr
* Nevada City (1941) as Jeff Connors
* Bad Man of Deadwood (1941) as Brett Starr aka Bill Brady
* Jesse James at Bay (1941) as Jesse James and Clint Burns
* Red River Valley (1941) as himself
* Man from Cheyenne (1942) as himself
* South of Santa Fe (1942) as himself
* Sunset on the Desert (1942) as Roy Rogers and Bill Sloan
* Romance on the Range (1942) as himself
* Sons of the Pioneers (1942) as himself
* Sunset Serenade (1942) as himself
* Heart of the Golden West (1942) as himself
* Ridin’ Down the Canyon (1942) as himself
* Idaho (1943) as himself
* King of the Cowboys (1943) as himself
* Song of Texas (1943) as himself
* Silver Spurs (1943) as himself
* The Man from Music Mountain (1943) as himself
* Hands Across the Border (1944) as himself
* Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) as himself
* The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944) as himself
* Song of Nevada (1944) as himself
* San Fernando Valley (1944) as himself
* Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) as himself
* Brazil (1944) as himself
* Hollywood Canteen (1944) as himself
* Lake Placid Serenade (1944) as himself
* Utah (1945) as himself
* Bells of Rosarita (1945) as himself
* The Man from Oklahoma (1945) as himself
* Along the Navajo Trail (1945) as himself
* Sunset in El Dorado (1945) as himself
* Don’t Fence Me In (1945) as himself
* Song of Arizona (1946) as himself
* Rainbow Over Texas (1946) as himself
* My Pal Trigger (1946) as himself
* Under Nevada Skies (1946) as himself
* Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as himself
* Home in Oklahoma (1946) as himself
* Out California Way (1946) as himself
* Heldorado (1946) as Nevada State Ranger Roy Rogers
* Apache Rose (1947) as himself
* Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) as himself
* Bells of San Angelo (1947) as himself
* Springtime in the Sierras (1947) as himself
* On the Old Spanish Trail (1947) as himself
* The Gay Ranchero (1948) as himself
* Under California Stars (1948) as himself
* Melody Time (1948) as himself
* Eyes of Texas (1948) as himself
* Night Time in Nevada (1948) as himself
* Grand Canyon Trail (1948) as himself
* The Far Frontier (1948) as himself
* Susanna Pass (1949) as himself
* Down Dakota Way (1949) as himself
* The Golden Stallion (1949) as himself
* Bells of Coronado (1950) as himself
* Twilight in the Sierras (1950) as State Parole Officer Roy Rogers
* Trigger, Jr. (1950) as himself
* Sunset in the West (1950) as himself
* North of the Great Divide (1950) as himself
* Trail of Robin Hood (1950) as himself
* Spoilers of the Plains (1951) as himself
* Heart of the Rockies (1951) as himself
* In Old Amarillo (1951) as himself
* South of Caliente (1951) as himself
* Pals of the Golden West (1951) as Border Patrolman Roy Rogers
* Son of Paleface (1952) as Roy Barton
* Alias Jesse James (1959) as himself (uncredited)
* Mackintosh and T.J. (1975) as Mackintosh
* Wonder Woman (1977) as J.P. Hadley, season 1, episode 13
* The Muppet Show (1979) as himself
* The Fall Guy (1983 and 1984) as himself

 

Box office ranking

For a number of years exhibitors voted Rogers among the most popular stars in the country:
* 1942 – 2nd most popular Western star (following Gene Autry)
* 1943 – most popular Western star
* 1944 – 24th most popular star in the U.S.; most popular Western star
* 1945 – most popular Western star; 11th most popular star
* 1946 – 10th most popular star in the US; most popular Western star
* 1947 – most popular Western star
* 1948 – most popular Western star
* 1949 – most popular Western star
* 1950 – 19th (US); most popular Western star
* 1951 – most popular Western star
* 1952 – most popular Western star (for the 10th year in a row)

 

 

Discography

Charted albums

Year
Album
Chart Positions
Label
US Country
US
1970
The Country Side of Roy Rogers
40

Capitol
1971
A Man from Duck Run
34

1975
Happy Trails to You
35

20th Century
1991
Tribute
17
113
RCA
Charted singles
Edit
Year
Single
Chart Positions
Album
US Country
CAN Country
1946
“A Little White Cross on the Hill”
7

Singles only
1947
“My Chickashay Gal”
4

1948
“Blue Shadows on the Trail”
(Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers)
6

“(There’ll Never Be Another) Pecos Bill”
(Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers)
13

1950
“Stampede”
8

1970
“Money Can’t Buy Love”
35

The Country Side of Roy Rogers
1971
“Lovenworth”
12
33
A Man from Duck Run
“Happy Anniversary”
47

1972
“These Are the Good Old Days”
73

Single only
1974
“Hoppy, Gene and Me”A
15
12
Happy Trails to You
1980
“Ride Concrete Cowboy, Ride”
(Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers)
80

Smokey & the Bandit II (soundtrack)
1991
“Hold on Partner” (w/ Clint Black)
42
48
Tribute
* A”Hoppy, Gene and Me” also peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100[40] and number 38 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in Canada.

 

Music videos

Year
Video
Director
1991
“Hold on Partner” (with Clint Black)
Jack Cole

 

Popular songs recorded by Rogers

Publicity photo of Rogers and Trigger
* “Don’t Fence Me In”
* “Hold That Critter Down”
* “Little White Cross on the Hill”
* “One More Ride”
* “Ride Ranger Ride”
* “That Pioneer Mother of Mine”
* “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”
* “Way Out There” (singing and yodeling)
* “Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave Wyoming?”
* “Hold On Partner” (duet with Clint Black)
* “Happy Trails”

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