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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were the king and queen of Westerns, appearing and singing together in countless films and television shows. The couple had incredible chemistry on screen, which should come as no surprise, since the two were husband and wife in real life.
Rogers and Evans met on the set of a movie in 1944 and married on New Year’s Eve in 1947 at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, where they had just finished working on a film.
Both Rogers and Evans had children from previous marriages and they had one biological daughter together named Robin Elizabeth. Sadly, Robin passed away at a young age due to complications caused by Down Syndrome.
Following their daughter’s death, Evans published a book called Angel Unaware, and was passionate about changing people’s perceptions of children with developmental disabilities. Rogers and Evans later went on to adopt four more children, and were active adoption advocates.
In total, Rogers and Evans were together for 51 years before Rogers passed away in 1998, with Evans passing away a few years later in 2001.
Even today, Rogers and Evans are still considered as one of the most iconic pairs in Western history. In honor of what would have been their 68th wedding anniversary, we’d like to pay tribute to this classic couple with three of their best duets.
In 1979, Rogers and Evans appeared as special guests on a Western-themed episode of The Muppet Show. During the show, Rogers and Evans each sang a solo, but the best part is when they came together to sing a medley of classic Western tunes.
The medley included their rendition of “Hazy Mountains” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” which had been previously recorded by popular Western singing group, Sons of the Pioneers.
Many of the Muppets appeared on stage along with Rogers and Evans, dancing and swaying along as they sang around a campfire setting.
At the end of their performance, Rogers and Evans sang the song “Happy Trails” which was the theme song for the radio and television show called The Roy Rogers Show. The song was Rogers and Evans’ signature tune, since it always played during the end credits following the show.
Written by Evans herself, “Happy Trails” is still an important song in the Western community, with the Western Writers of America selecting it as one of the Top 100 Western Songs of All Time.
Oftentimes, Rogers and Evans would perform parts of their songs in Spanish, showing off a whole new level of talent. Such was the case during a performance of a fun-filled song called “San Antone” which the duo performed during an appearance on a television show later in their careers.
Surrounded by a group of people sitting on straw bales, Rogers and Evans couldn’t stop smiling during the performance. As Evans stepped forward to sing part of the song in Spanish, Rogers looked on adoringly, as he clapped his hands along to the beat.
The duo couldn’t seem to take their eyes off of one another during the performance, leaning in close as they sang. This performance just goes to show the strength of the connection that Rogers and Evans shared, even after so many years together.
Rogers and Evans never shied away from sharing their faith with the world, and recorded many duets of their favorite hymns such as “I’ll Fly Away” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
During a televised performance in 1976, Rogers and Evans sang a few more of their favorite faith-oriented songs. Rogers introduced the song “The Cowboy’s Prayer,” also known as “The Cowboy’s Dream,” before he started singing solo. Then, in the middle of the song, Rogers and Evans bowed their heads as Rogers started to recite a prayer.
“The ears I hear with, the voice I use, and the eyes with which I see, my hands that do so many things, me feet that run or plod…they all belong to God,” he said.
After Rogers finished his prayer, he continued singing the song, while Evans joined in and softly sang the harmony part.
Once Rogers finished singing, Evans stepped up and said, “The Bible says that God is love, and that’s what I’d like to sing about.” Evans then went on to sing another hymn-like song, while Rogers looked on, a clear look of admiration on his face.
Finally, Rogers and Evans concluded their performance in the best way possible, by singing their signature song “Happy Trails.”
Both Rogers and Evans were incredibly talented individuals, so it’s no wonder that the two of them were considered to be Western royalty.
But whenever Rogers and Evans performed together, their individual talents and undeniable chemistry combined to make for memorable duets loved by multiple generations.
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