Monday, June 6, 2011

Golden Horseshoe stars Wally Boag & Betty Taylor take final bows together

We've all heard stories of longtime married couples passing away within a few days of weeks of one another, but what about performers who only portrayed a couple? That's what happened over this weekend when Wally Boag, Disneyland's original Pecos Bill passed away on Friday, June 3 at the age 0f 90, followed by his longtime co-star Betty Taylor, the woman who shared the stage with him as Slue Foot Sue from the mid-50s through the mid-80s, who died on Saturday, June 4 at the age of 91.

It's fitting that Boag and Taylor make their final curtain call together. They shared the stage in the leading roles of the Golden Horseshoe Revue three times a day during three decades - many tens of thousands of times all told. The Guinness Book of World records lists the Revue as the longest stage show in history.

In 1995, Boag and Taylor were both inducted together as Disney Legends. While not a romantic couple in real life, it was clear to anyone who saw them perform together (or to those of us who can only see recordings of their performances today), these co-stars shared a genuine love for one another.

Let's watch a portion of the Golden Horseshoe Revue's 10,000 performance, recorded for Disney's World of Color TV show. Take it away, Betty...


Boag's park performances became so well known and well-loved that he was chosen to host an episode of the Muppet Show in 1980, just two years before he hung up his guns and retired. Here he is on the Muppet Show, performing his balloon animal routine:


While Boag's hilarious broader antics may have brought him a greater measure of notoriety, Taylor was always there behind him in the often-harder and less colorful role of the straight woman. This time, let's give her the final bow, and close with a song:


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