In the four years I’ve been doing this blogging thing, I’ve mentioned Roy Rogers several times. I’ve written about how Roy was my favorite cowboy star, in a piece I called Saturday Matinees With The King Of The Cowboys, and as recently as last week I related how Western Swing star Spade Cooley imagined that his wife was fooling around with the his friend Roy. (As if my boyhood hero would do such a thing, or that Dale Evans would allow it — or Trigger either, for that matter.)
One of the ironic things about Roy’s friendship with Spade was that the two looked a little alike, and today I though I’d focus on Roy’s brief partnership with another guy who most people think looks a little like him too.
As was the case with Spade, it’s probably mostly the eye-squint that makes people think that Clint Black reminds them of Roy, who died in 1998. But whatever the case, Clint respected and admired Roy and even recorded a duet with him in 1991.
And below is a video of Roy and Clint singing the same song as a salute to cowboy stars — watch it to the end and you’ll see a funny surprise.
(Sorry — video has apparently disappeared from source.)