Disney fans may best know Rex Allen as the voice of the father in the original Carousel of Progress. His is the voice you hear singing There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. In addition to that, he did other work for Disney and had a long successful entertainment career apart from Disney. He was inducted as an official Disney Legend in 1996.
A true cowboy, Rex owned no other clothes but western togs and boots. He once recalled Walt's reaction when he arrived at the Studio wearing a borrowed suit. Rex said, "Walt came up to me and said, 'Hardly recognized you incognito.'"
From the official Rex Allen Days website:
Welcome to the 61st annual Rex Allen Days in Willcox, Arizona October 5, 6, & 7 2012 We would like to invite you to join us for the fun filled event of Rex Allen Days - a celebration of Rex Allen, the singing cowboy in his hometown of Willcox, Arizona. Commemorating it's 61st Anniversary, this event (and an Official State of Arizona Centennial Event) celebrates the life of Rex Allen and features many of his favorite events including a professional rodeo, parade, and concerts.
Along with all of this you will find fun around every corner including comedy shows and tractor pulls. And you don't want to miss the car show, turtle races, carnival and the men's softball tournament where you can root for your favorite team. Good old-fashioned fun for the entire family in the historic town of Willcox, Arizona!
Related Local Event:
See Rex Allen Jr, son of Disney Legend Rex Allen, in an Arizona tribute performance at Phoenix Symphony Hall on January 18, 2013.
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