Hold on partner: The day Clint Black met the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers

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A childhood dream of meeting Roy Rogers, the King of the Cowboys in over 100 B-Westerns issued between 1935 and 1952, serendipitously came true for Hayden Nicholas, best known as the songwriting and guitar sidekick of “Like the Rain” country singer Clint Black. Above is the June 1955 issue of Dell Comics, starring Rogers and an awfully adorable blue/silver Weimaraner puppy. Between January 1948 and October 1961 a staggering 145 issues were unleashed to Rogers’ legion of adolescent fans. Much thanks to Alapaha Elementary School mate Kellie Turner for the eagle eye canine identification. Image Credit: MyComicShop
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Clint Black and Roy Rogers deliver a playful rendition of “Hold on Partner” during the 25th anniversary of the CMA Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 1, 1991, in Nashville, Tennessee. Incidentally, President George H.W. Bush sat in the second row. Photography by David Valdez

The Hayden Nicholas Interview, Part Two

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The cover of Roy Rogers’ final album, “Tribute,” a duets-laden, 12-song affair released on September 24, 1991, via RCA Records. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment
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A 35-year-old Roy Rogers, sporting an early appearance of his ubiquitous fringe cowboy shirt, is definitely prepared to face imminent danger while sitting atop trusted palomino horse Trigger, spring 1947. Note the authentic “Happy TraiIs, Roy Rogers” autograph. Photography by Roman Freulich
Doppelgängers, anyone? Click to watch Clint Black pay a musical debt of gratitude to the King of the Cowboys with “Hold on Partner,” a jaunty No. 42 C&W song which became the final single released by Roy Rogers on September 24, 1991, from the “Tribute” duets album. Video Credit: Sony Music Entertainment
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On February 25, 1992, Roy Rogers and Clint Black joke around with the paparazzi at the Grammy Awards ceremony in New York City. Possessing a beyond striking facial resemblance, the duo was nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Hold on Partner.” Photography by Rick Maiman / Sygma / Corbis
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Roy Rogers and Clint Black pose arm in arm for the paparazzi at the Grammy Awards ceremony in New York City on February 25, 1992. The duo was nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Hold on Partner.” Image Credit: Roy Rogers’ official website
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Premiering in 1991, a color screengrab for the RCA Records-sanctioned music video of Roy Rogers’ “Hold on Partner,” featuring new traditionalist Clint Black on guest vocals. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment
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Premiering in 1991, a black and white screengrab for the RCA Records-sanctioned music video of Roy Rogers’ “Hold on Partner,” featuring new traditionalist Clint Black on guest vocals. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment
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Clint Black and right hand guitar compadre Hayden Nicholas appear amid the snow-drenched landscape of Deadwood, South Dakota, on April 12, 2013, in town for a show at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center. Image courtesy of Hayden Nicholas

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