Way Back Wednesday: Dale Evans

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Born in Texas in 1912 this cultural icon moved to Osceola, Arkansas at the age of 3 when her family heard about the "bountiful cotton fields" in the Mississippi County community.  She later went on to become one half of one of the most successful singing and acting duos in American History.  Who is she?

Born Frances Octavia Smith - Dale Evans became the Queen of West when she teamed with and eventually married Roy Rogers in 1947.  The couple made thirty-five films together and founded their own production company, Roy Rogers Productions. They created The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957), The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show (1962), and Happy Trails Theatre (1986–1989). In 1968, Roy Rogers licensed his name to a restaurant chain whose creators chose him as their namesake for his all-American wholesomeness; there were more than 600 restaurants at the chain's peak, many of which hosted personal appearances by Evans and Rogers.

In 1950, Dale Evans wrote the song, “Happy Trails,” which Roy Rogers used as his theme song. Writing the lyrics on an envelope, she taught the melody to Rogers and the singing group, Sons of the Pioneers, only minutes before their radio show.

Dale Evans and Roy Rogers were married for more than 50 years.  She passed away in February 2001 and is buried next to Roy Rogers in Apple Valley, California.

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