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orn Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 5, 1911, Roy Rogers dropped out of high school at seventeen to help support his family. During the Great Depression, thousands were fleeing the Dust Bowl, heading West down Route 66 for California. The Slyes were among them. Roy remembers that his family "did a lot of singing to keep spirits up."

Roy Rogers
Roy, like his father, was a self-taught musician (his first instrument was a clarinet!). He got his first guitar when he was ten, and his first horse when he was eleven. His introduction to show business began as he demonstrated his yodeling skills on an amateur radio show, the "Midnight Frolics." Roy went on to perform throughout Southern California, forming, in 1933, the band which would become "Sons Of The Pioneers." This band toured throughout the West until Roy's big break.

One day, while picking up his hat from the cleaner's, Roy learned that Republic Pictures was holding an open call for a singing cowboy. He auditioned, and it was in 1938 that Leonard Slye officially changed his name to Roy Rogers. He became the number one Western star at the box office, appearing in over 100 films over thirteen years. Roy Rogers was indisputably "King of the Cowboys."

Roy left Republic in 1951 and created the Weekly half-hour television "Western"- "The Roy Rogers Show." From 1951 to 1957, Dale, Trigger, Bullet the Wonder Dog and comic sidekick Pat Brady, joined Roy every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. to entertain America's earliest television audience.

ver the years, Roy's likeness appeared on everything from toy guns and gun belts, lunch boxes, hats, watches, boots to comic books. In all, more than 400 hundred different products paid for Roy's endorsement. Roy Rogers was perhaps America's first true pop cultural icon.

The Roy Rogers Six-String Wood Guitar
The Roy Rogers Six-String Wood Guitar has been re-introduced by the Jefferson Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia, the only maker of wooden musical toys left in the United States, and original manufacturer of the classic instrument. Sporting the same durable wood construction, sunburst lacquer finish, and a large colorful silk-screened portrait of Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger, the Roy Rogers Guitar is equipped with wire and nylon strings, plastic pegs and instruction books. Officially licensed by the Rogers estate. (Length 28", Depth 31/4", Width 10 5/8", Weight 21/2 lbs)

The Roy Rogers Six-String Wood Guitar.
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