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King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West
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    For more than sixty years, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans personified the romantic, mythic West that America cherished well into the modern age. 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, community.
    King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West 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, illuminating and celebrating their place in twentieth-century American popular culture. Following the pair through each stage of their professional and personal trajectories, author Raymond E. White explores the unique alchemy of the singing cowboy and his free-spirited yet feminine partner. 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. And in a series of exhaustive appendixes, he documents their contributions to each medium they worked in. 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. With its engaging tone and meticulous research, King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West is bound to become the definitive source on the lives of these two great American icons.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Chapter 1 Roy Rogers and Dale Evans: Symbols of the Mythic American West
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. Chapter 2 Radio Roundup: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans on the Air
  2. pp. 24-44
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  1. Chapter 3 Waxing the West: the Recording Careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. Chapter 4 Quick Draw: The Comics of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Trigger
  2. pp. 67-85
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  1. Chapter 5 Adventures in Paradise Valley: The Television Careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
  2. pp. 86-103
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  1. Chapter 6 The Bible Tells Me So: Christianity in the Careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
  2. pp. 104-112
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 113-115
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  1. Appendix A: Roy Rogers's Filmography
  2. pp. 117-165
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  1. Appendix B: Dale Evans's Filmography
  2. pp. 166-173
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  1. Appendix C: Log of Roy Rogers's Radio Appearances
  2. pp. 174-212
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  1. Appendix D: Log of Dale Evans's Radio Appearances
  2. pp. 213-229
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  1. Appendix E: Roy Rogers's Discography
  2. pp. 230-299
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  1. Appendix F: Dale Evans's Discography
  2. pp. 300-339
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  1. Appendix G: Roy and Dale's Song Compositions
  2. pp. 340-344
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  1. Appendix H: Roy and Dale's Comics
  2. pp. 345-399
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  1. Appendix I: Roy and Dale's Television Appearances
  2. pp. 400-458
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  1. Appendix J: Log of A Date with Dale
  2. pp. 459-478
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  1. Appendix K: Dale Evans Rogers's Inspirational Books
  2. pp. 479-484
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 485-504
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  1. Bibliographical Essay: In Their Own Words
  2. pp. 505-516
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 517-530
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