(Courtesy of Ruth Hewitt & Minard Coons)
Above from L-to-R are Roy Rogers, Patsy Montana, Illinois Governor Green and Rex Allen at the Illinois State Fair, August, 1946, in Springfield, Illinois. Allen was performing on the Barn Dance radio show from Chicago, and Roy was a guest on the program which originated from the fair.
(Courtesy of Joe Taylor & Patty Corbett)
From L-to-R are Joe Taylor and Patty Corbett of the Redbirds singing group with Rex Allen at the Buck Lake Ranch near Fort Wayne, Indiana, circa 1953. Rex sang western songs and did some fancy gun twirlin' for the children. Note the twin six-guns that Rex is wearing with the butts forward.
(Courtesy of Donn & Nancy Moyer)
Above - Dave Twomey (Happy the Clown) with guest star Rex Allen in early 1970s performance at Dave's Happytime Circus, Phoenix, Arizona.
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) provide more about Rex Allen:
Hollywood tradepapers and magazines had articles on Rex Allen's time at Republic Pictures. Below are a couple blurbs which mark the beginning and end of his career as a B western hero:
Rex is included in dozens of family trees that relatives have created at Ancestry.com. However, information on those family trees - such as Rex's full name, birth date, marriages, etc. - is listed, but there is no supporting information. Interestingly, family tree creators seem to be confused with his birth name - is it Rex Elvie Allen or Elvie Rex Allen. The 1930 census has him as Elvie R. Allen.
It's always interesting to click through newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives. While some of the articles are free, many go to newspaper websites where you have to pay to retrieve the full article. The following link will take you to a mix of free and pay articles on Rex Allen: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22rex%20allen%22%20site:news.google.com/newspapers&source=newspapers&gws_rd=ssl
The Google Newspaper archive has several articles on Rex's tragic death on December 17, 1999 - he was leaving his home in Tucson for a doctor's appointment and was run over by his caretaker in the driveway:
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Rex Allen, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Pickens and Mary Ellen Kay. Click below:
Rex Allen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0020942/
Christian 'Buddy' Ebsen: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001171/
Slim Pickens (real name: Louis Bert Lindley Jr.): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001620/
Mary Ellen Kay: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0443135/
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has info on Rex Allen, who was cremated, and his remains were scattered near the Rex Allen Museum: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6275033
Find A Grave also has a picture of the grave marker for Koko (1940 - 1967). The horse is buried at the Railroad Park in Willcox, Arizona: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8425882
There's lots of Rex Allen related activities in Willcox, Arizona which is located east of Tucson. Most of Rex's memorabilia is on display at the Rex Allen Museum:
Annual Rex Allen Days website: http://www.rexallendays.org/
Rex Allen Museum website: http://www.rexallenmuseum.org/
Willcox, Arizona Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.willcoxchamber.com/
Allen was a founding member and a Hall of Fame member of the Western Music Association: http://www.westernmusic.org/rex-allen
In 1983, Rex Allen was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/info/awards-hof/Western-Performers.aspx
Rex Allen does have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/rex-allen/
Rex was one of the first recipients of a Golden Boot award, and he received that recognition during the 1983 ceremonies. If you want more info, go to the Golden Boot Awards page on the Old Corral.
Calin Coburn (Bob Nolan's grandson) and Elizabeth Drake McDonald have created a fantastic website on Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers singing group. They do have a webpage on Rex Allen with a filmography, biography ... and lots of great photos and images: http://bobnolan-sop.net/Biographies/The%20Story%20of%20SOP/Rex%20Allen/Rex.htm
The Grand Comics Database has information and covers of Rex's comic book series:
The official website for Rex Allen, Jr. is at: http://www.rexallenjr.com/