The Cowboy and the Senorita: A Biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

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CHAPTER FOUR
The Pioneer Trio

With their glorious three-part harmonies
and sophisticated musical arrangements, the
Sons of the Pioneers define the genre known as
Western music…
.
WILL ROGERS, 1935

A ragtag group of seven singers and musicians stared happily into a camera lens waiting for the picture to snap. They posed with their fiddles, banjos, and guitars in front of an old barn door—a fitting backdrop for the first and last promotional photograph of the struggling western group the Rocky Mountaineers. It was 1932, and although band member Leonard Slye’s face appeared thin and gaunt in the picture, it did not detract from the excited gleam in his eyes. He was living a dream.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Cowboy and the Senorita - Big Hit for Republic x
  • Prologue xii
  • Chapter One - Humble Beginnings 1
  • Chapter Two - Off to California 15
  • Chapter Three - A Rough Start 25
  • Chapter Four - The Pioneer Trio 35
  • Chapter Five - Chicago to Hollywood 47
  • Chapter Six - The Rise of a King 59
  • Chapter Seven - Partners on the Celluloid Plains 71
  • Chapter Eight - Breaking Trail 83
  • Chapter Nine - Cowboy King Marries Queen of the West 95
  • Chapter Ten - A Higher Calling 107
  • Chapter Eleven - Sleeping Angel 121
  • Chapter Twelve - Faith in a Storm 131
  • Chapter Thirteen - Adding to the Family 141
  • Chapter Fourteen - One More Hard Trail 155
  • Chapter Fifteen - Soldier Son 167
  • Chapter Sixteen - Rider in the Sky 179
  • Chapter Seventeen - Long Live the Queen 187
  • Chapter Eighteen - Golden Cloud 195
  • Chapter Nineteen - The Legend Lives on 201
  • Epilogue 209
  • Appendix A - Roy Rogers Filmography 213
  • Appendix B - Dale Evans Filmography 221
  • Bibliography 225
  • Index 231
  • About the Authors 239
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