The Incredible Life And Times Of Roy Rogers

He Caught His Big Break At 19

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Roy Rogers, then Leonard Slye, was already a working man by the time he was 19. He and his family moved out to California where he worked as a truck driver and a fruit picker. In 1931, Leonard auditioned for a Los Angeles radio show called Midnight Frolics and was invited to join a western group called the Rocky Mountaineers.

Leonard was shy initially, but eventually, he got more comfortable performing in front of a crowd.