Ah, no! I'm really sorry to hear this. I loved Roy and Dale. About 5 years ago, I did a gig in California in Fort Irwin out in the desert. The next day I went to the Roy Rogers Museum in Victorville, something I'd always wanted to do. I got there really early in the morning, about 9:30 or so, before the tour buses pull up, and went in. There were about 4 other people in the place at that hour - English folks who also liked ol' Roy and Dale.
We started walking around, enjoying the exhibits, discussing Roy's music and movies and TV show, when we stopped to look at an exhibit describing Roy and Dale's trip to Britain in the early 50's. They had appeared at the Hippodrome in Belfast (my home town), and I was looking at that picture when a voice behind me said: "Roy and I really enjoyed our time in Ireland and England."
Well, we turned round and there was Dale. She introduced herself, and we just gaped in awe as she asked our names and shook our hands. Then she led us on a private tour of the museum, and described in detail all that we were seeing. And she answered all our questions.She was one of the most gracious ladies it's ever been my pleasure to meet and I have tears in my eyes right now, just thinking of that special time when she let 5 strangers into her world for a brief but spellbinding hour.
Happy Trails, Dale, and say "Howdy" to Roy for me.