Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
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Throughout the 1940s and '50s, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans reigned as king and queen of not only the box office but also of pretty much anything related to the mythos of the Old West. Their iconic status, while somewhat manufactured by Hollywood, was based on true chemistry between the two actors as well as genuine singing talent. In the '30s, Rogers helped to form the seminal Early Country act the Sons of the Pioneers, and later in his career he was often backed by Spade Cooley and his Buckle-Busters. The duo's main scope of influence was on the screen, but they added several songs to the country music lexicon, "Hi-Yo Silver" and "Happy Trails" being the most widely recognized.