Roy Rogers

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Descriptive "tags": country blues western cowboy songs blues rock cowboy slide guitar americana all Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
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Biography

Leonard Franklin Slye, 5 November 1911, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, d. 6 July 1998, Apple Valley, near Victorville, California, USA. Raised in the industrial city of Cincinnati, Slye left for California in 1929. He worked on the west coast picking fruit and in New Mexico as a cowhand. After several singing jobs (billing himself as Dick Weston), he formed the Sons Of The Pioneers in 1933 with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer, later adding fiddle player Hugh Farr and his brother Karl Farr on lead guitar. The group were a pioneering vocal force in country music, specialising in cowboy songs and immaculate harmonies. They performed in many Western movies, with Slye sometimes credited as Dick Weston. As a result of Republic’s dispute with Gene Autry, Slye received his first starring role as Roy Rogers, playing a singing congressman in 1938’s Under Western Skies. With the Sons Of The Pioneers under exclusive contract to appear in Charles Starrett’s films for Columbia...

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