Friday, December 20, 2013

Edgar Howard & Roy Rogers

In 1988 National Park Service Ranger, Amy Glass, interviewed Ocracoke natives Edgar Howard and Maurice Ballance. Edgar was a vaudeville performer in New York City in the 1920s & 1930s.

Following is an interesting comment by Maurice Ballance, from the interview:

“You know, Edgar says he’s the one that got Roy Rogers his job. Yep. They had the same agent. Gene Autry and Edgar’s band had the same agent. So when Gene Autry went in the Army in World War II, his agent was traveling around drinkin’ a few beers one night and asked him if he knew anyone who had a good voice. So Edgar said, ‘Well I know a guy from Cincinnati.’ Said, ‘He’s got a pretty good voice, you know.’ So he said, ‘Well send him down.’ And a couple of days later when he auditioned, he did, and he hired him. That’s what he says. He couldn’t play guitar, couldn’t ride a horse, but he made a big star out of him. [laughter].”

Edgar Howard: Photo courtesy Art & Elizabeth Mines

The interview was part of an endeavor called "Lifeways of the Outer Banks" sponsored by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, National Park Service and The Southern Oral History Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The original transcript is on deposit at the southern Historical Collection, Louis Round Wilson Library.


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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Well, well, well, is this another internet myth?. Like another Mr Rogers that supposedly had tattoos which is why he wore sweaters to hide the sniper unit tattoos?? Ha. Mr Slye aka Roy Rogers as per a Wikipedia entry, details this mass marketing genius' career. Another outspoken Christian before a bottom line OCD company could fire him -- Martha-ed a generous lucrative contractual clause that he parlayed into sponsoring many of his charitable causes Happy trails to truth seekers.