Rex Allen Sr. The Arizona Cowboy
Rex Allen was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame on September 23, 2007 in Phoenix Arizona in an induction ceremony at the Dodge Theatre.
Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Willcox, Ariz., Rex Elvie Allen was well know for his starring roles in western movies and in many Walt Diseny productions including stints as various cartoon characters and as a narrator on “The Wonderful World of Color.”
Rex Allen Sr. died in 1999 in Tucson Arizona.
The information below is from his Wikiography
Family and early life
Born Rex Elvie Allen to Horace Allen and Faye Clark on a ranch in Mud Springs Canyon, forty miles from Willcox, Arizona, Rex Allen would grow up to become a popular entertainer known as “The Arizona Cowboy.” As a boy he played guitar and sang at local functions with his fiddle-playing father until high school graduation when he toured the southwest as a rodeo rider. He got his start in show business on the East Coast as a vaudeville singer then found work in Chicago as a performer on the WLS Radio program, National Barn Dance. In 1948 he signed with Mercury Records where he recorded a number of successful country music albums until 1952 when he switched to the Decca label where he would continue making records into the 1970s. He also recorded one album for Buena Vista (Disney, pictured) in the 1960s, although sources vary on the date of issue.
When singing cowboys such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were very much in vogue in American film, in 1949 Republic Pictures in Hollywood gave him a screen test and put him under contract. Beginning in 1950, Allen starred as himself in nineteen of Hollywood’s western movies. One of the top-ten box office draws of the day, whose character was soon depicted in comic books, on screen Allen personified the clean cut, God-fearing American hero of the wild west who wore a white Stetson, loved his faithful horse named “Koko” and had a loyal buddy who shared his adventures. Allen’s comic relief sidekick in first few pictures was Buddy Ebsen and then character actor, Slim Pickens.