Roy Rogers And The ‘Happy Trails’ On The Map Of His Life

Roy Rogers isn’t known as ‘The King of Cowboys’ for no reason. He starred in over 100 films, radio, and television shows and was a Western icon. His name and likeness were plastered on toys, books, and comics. One of the most endearing qualities of the cowboy was his dedication to his wife Dale and his nine children.

But their “Happy Trails” didn’t come without some bumps in the road. Family tragedies and business failures kept adding up until we stopped seeing Rogers in public. Read on to learn about the ever-changing life of Roy Rogers.

Roy Learned To Sing And Dance Because He Was Bored

American singer and cowboy actor Roy Rogers (1911 - 1998) playing an acoustic guitar,
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Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye on November 5, 1911, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up on a farm near Lucasville, where his father gifted him a horse when he was young. This is how he learned the ins and outs of horsemanship.

Because they didn’t own a radio, the Slye family made their own entertainment and often invited neighbors over for square dances. Not only did he learn to dance, but young Leonard Slye also sang and played the mandolin as well. This combined with his horsemanship skills would eventually be an asset as he entered the entertainment industry.