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King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Raymond E. White

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A Ray and Pat Browne Book

The definitive source on two American icons

Winner of the Belmont Book Award for the best book on country music for 2005

For more than sixty years, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans personified the romantic, mythic West that Americans cherished. Blazing a trail through every branch of the entertainment industry—radio, film, recordings, television, and even comic books—the couple capitalized on their attractive personas and appealed to the nation's belief in family values, an independent spirit, and community.

Raymond E. White presents these two celebrities in the most comprehensive and inclusive account to date. Part narrative, part reference, this impeccably researched, highly accessible survey spans the entire scope of Rogers's and Evans's careers and highlights their place in twentieth-century American popular culture. In a dual biography, he shows how Rogers and Evans carefully husbanded their public image and—of particular note—incorporated their Christian faith into their performances. Testifying to both the breadth and the longevity of their careers, the book includes radio logs, discographies, filmographies, and comicographies that will delight historians and collectors alike.

"This is a book that every Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fan should have in their collection. It contains Raymond White's informative and extensive research and is a must read for those who want to learn more about the King and Queen of the West."—Dick Baxter, Dale Evans's manager

"White presents a wealth of new, carefully organized, and highly readable information—the largest source I have seen yet on the professional careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. A detailed narrative is accompanied by thorough reference materials that point fans to recordings, videos, comics, and memorabilia."—Gary A. Yoggy, author of Riding the Video Range: The Rise and Fall of the Western on Television

Raymond E. White is professor emeritus of history at Ball State University. He has published numerous articles on Roy Rogers and on cowboys in film.

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cover of White is a colorized photo of young Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

August 2006

LC: 2004025628 PN
550 pp. 7 x 10
41 b/w photos

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ISBN 978-0-299-21004-5
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