May 17, 2014

Saturday Matinee: Roy Rogers - Hoppy, Gene And Me We Taught You How to Shoot Straight

Well the prairie sky is just as blue
And life's like a rainbow
Just like you, he'll be a saddle pal
To Hoppy, Gene and Me

Hoppy, Gene and Me
We taught you how to shoot straight
You were going to be a cowboy
That's how it had to be

Your stories from the silver screen
Now most of them forgotten
Double feature Saturday's
With Hoppy, Gene and Me

(Yodel to end)

"Hoppy, Gene and Me" (1974) peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

As for Roy Rogers (aka Leonard Franklin Slye), Dale Evans, Trigger, Bullet, Nelly Belle,and the Sons of the Pioneers it was all a "Yodel to the end" for them.


And yet, many years after his passing, Roy Rogers' greatest hit, Tumbling Tumbleweeds, still.... like the Dude... abides:

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 17, 2014 2:02 PM
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Mom took me to see his show at the old Pan Pacific Auditorium. Best afternoon of my young life!

Posted by: leelu at May 17, 2014 11:56 AM

When I look at that picture of Roy and Dale, I have to say, he does looks more like a 'Leonard' than a 'Roy'. (Yeah, it's subjective.)

Posted by: ed in texas at May 17, 2014 4:48 PM

The owner of the sales rep agency for my company in SoCal looks eerily like the Dude, which I never fail to remind him when I see him

Posted by: Cletus Socrates at May 17, 2014 6:48 PM

I think I'll go brush off my Stetson and clean my Winchester while listening to these songs.
Nah, I'll just sit here and cry.

Posted by: Stretch at May 17, 2014 7:24 PM

OT: Saturday was the first time on the water this year - standard patrol, went from the Detroit River Light at Lake Erie to buoys 7 and 8 in Lake St. Clair. Had to wear the mustang suits because the water temps were between 50 and 60 and the air temps were not much better. We saw freighters going by, and a lot of fishermen. Pointed out all of the landmarks along the river to a trainee, and I thought "My pay is joy for being out here and satisfaction for doing a job well done."

And that is it - USCG AUX: if you aren't enjoying what you do, you are doing it wrong.*

*(If I had been wiser I would have gone active duty with the Coast Guard when I was 18; but that was then; back when I was young and dumb. Now I am middle-aged and dumb; only a little less dumb.)

Posted by: Mikey NTH at May 17, 2014 10:13 PM

That hurt my goddam feelings.

Posted by: Dan Patterson at May 18, 2014 7:34 AM