Roy Rogers, Spade Cooley & Foreman Phillips Signed 8x10 Photo (JSA COA)

King of the Cowboys

  • Lot number 3270979
  • Total bids 3
  • Winning bid $600.00
  • Buyer's premium $102.00
  • Total $702.00

Photo measures 8" x 10" and has been hand-signed in blue and black ink pen by Roy Rogers (D.1998), Spade Cooley (D.1969) & Foreman Phillips (D.1968).

Roy Rogers was an American singer, actor and television host. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys." He appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of "The Roy Rogers Show." In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife Dale Evans. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television for seven more. He sang with the very successful group The Sons of the Pioneers. They recorded 32 songs for Decca, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Cool Water." Roy's success in films had him at the top of the Ten-Money-Making Western Stars poll. He held first place for 11 consecutive years. Rogers was an idol for many children through his films and television shows. Roy and his wife Dale Evans appeared in many films together as well as their television show. Dale wrote their famous theme song "Happy Trails." Rogers was honored with three stars on The Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures. A fitting tribute for "The King of the Cowboys."

Spade Cooley was an American Western swing musician, big band leader, actor and television personality. A top Fiddle player, he was considered the King of Western Swing. His hit "Shame on You" was the first in an unbroken string of six Top Ten singles. Cooley appeared in 38 Western films, often as a stand-in for Roy Rogers. He won 2 television Emmy Awards as he hosted "The Spade Cooley Show." The King of Western Swing was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Foreman Phillips was an American disc jockey, band leader and promoter in the 1940's. Phillips was a major promoter of Spade Cooley. He was the first to use the term Western swing. He promoted country-western barn dance programs at a string of dance halls in the Los Angeles area. These were led by the old Town Hall building in Compton, which had a capacity of 3,000. Foreman owned radio stations KOCM and KWIZ. Success as a country music disc jockey, and his own television show gave him the ability to promote these country-dances. He was cited in a Billboard article for the huge success he achieved. Foreman converted the ballroom on the Venice Pier into a a country music haven. More than 5,000 people would attend his country music events. He hired Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Sons of the Pioneers and other prominent country entertainers to his events. Attracting more than 5,000 people to his shows, Foreman Phillips became a top country music promoter of his era.

The lot / autograph(s) includes an official James Spence Authentication (JSA) hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes.

Authentication: JSA COA

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