This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll follow the trail of a cowgirl hall-of-famer.
Dale Evans was born Frances Octavia Smith on October 31, 1912, in Uvalde, Texas. She first sang on radio in Memphis during the 1930s, but went on to perform in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. In 1943, Evans landed a role in the film, The Cowboy and the Señorita, in which she co-starred witha young singer named Roy Rogers. After appearing together in several other films, the couple fell in love and married in 1947. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans went on to host one of the most popular television series of the 1950s, the Roy Rogers Show, for which Evans co-wrote the classic theme song.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a singer who blazed new trails both on and off the stage.