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Queen Of The West
1912 - 2001
Dale Evans with Roy Rogers Dale Evans with Buttermilk
TUNES BY DALE EVANS
Happy Trails To You (written by Dale Evans)
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The Story Behind "Happy Trails"
Every cowboy had a theme song. A song heard as the dust settled and
heros drifted west towards the sinking sun. Some were better than
others, but few were as good as "Happy Trails."
"Happy Trails" was written by Dale Evans in 1950, while preparing for a
radio show. Dale decided Roy needed a theme song and since he
penned all his autographs with "Trails of Happiness" or "Happy Trails,
Roy Rogers", the title came easily.
Scribbling on an envelope, Dale wrote the famous lyrics and taught the
medley to Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers forty minutes before show
What came across the radio that night gave America's favorite singing
cowboy a theme song and a nation a lifetime of inspiration.
Though Dale Evans is more famous for being married to singing cowboy
star Roy Rogers, she is an accomplished performer in her own right. She
was born Frances Smith in Uvalde, Texas on October 31, 1912. She spent
her teen years in Arkansas and married at sixteen. The marriage was
short-lived, however, and she soon embarked on a career as a pop singer.
She sang with the Anson Weeks Orchestra, appeared on numerous radio
programs, and held a regular spot on the CBS News And Rhythm Show.
Dale Evans married Roy Rogers in 1947, and the couple often appeared
together on the big screen. Dale's film credits include "Orchestra Wives"
(1942), "Swing Your Partner" (1943), "Casanova In Burlesque" (1944),
"Utah" (1945), "Bells Of Rosarita" (1945), "My Pal Trigger" (1946), "Apache
Pass" (1947), "Slippy McGee" (1948), "Susanna Pass" (1949), "Twilight In The
Sierras" (1950), and "Pals Of The Golden West" (1951). Lately, Dale's work
in music and television has been more in the gospel vein, and she's written
many books of the inspirational type.