Roberts died in April 2012 in Athol, Massachusetts, aged 85. Roberts at age 17 won a New Hampshire radio contest to be chosen as "Eastern States Yodeling Champion" in 1944. He is best known for his recordings of "I Never See Maggie Alone" and "Choc'late Ice Cream Cone", and was a member of The Down Homers with Bill Haley. He won the AMA Grand National Championship in 1973 and 1974 riding for Yamaha.  He followed with other hits including "River of Tears," "I've Got the Blues," "Yodel Polka," "She Taught Me to Yodel," and "Hillbilly Style.". The popular black-and-white show featured Roberts singing and playing guitar as he hosted children in the studio, and presented cartoons. One ride that has become part of AMA Grand National lore happened in August 1975 at the Indy Mile when Yamaha, in a desperate attempt to find a faster dirt track bike, stuffed a TZ750 four-cylinder two-stroke road racing engine into a dirt track frame and asked Roberts to race it. He accomplished that feat despite the fact that his Yamaha was down on power on the half mile and mile dirt tracks to the mighty Harley-Davidsons. In 1990, Team Roberts' rider Wayne Rainey won the World 500 Grand Prix title, and teammate John Kocinski took the World 250 Championship -- bringing the team a rare 500 and 250 championship season. Roberts played at the Hoosier Hop in Fort Wayne, as well as the WCOP Hayloft Jamboree. His first release "I Never See Maggie Alone" was an immediate hit. The program stayed on the air for about five years. By the end of the 1993 season, Rainey had matched Roberts' earlier accomplishment, securing three successive World 500 crowns for Marlboro Team Roberts. Roberts moved back to Dayton in the early 1970s, and later, moved back to Massachusetts. Three time Daytona 200 winner. He performed on several shows on radio station KMOX in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the CBS Saturday morning show "Barnyard Frolics." In recognition of his contributions to the sport, Roberts was presented with a special lifetime achievement award from the AMA at the awards banquet in Las Vegas in 1998. He is best known for his recordings of "I Never See Maggie Alone" and "Choc'late Ice Cream Cone", and was a member of The Down Homers with Bill Haley.. As a rider and then as a team owner, the American legend has always had the ability to see to the next level. In 1979, Roberts was named AMA Pro Athlete of the Year for the third time in his career.  In the early 2000s, a set of 1946 radio recordings by the Down Homers were discovered and Haley is named and performs the solo number "She Taught Me to Yodel. Best-known for his 1949 hit "I Never See Maggie Alone," Kenny Roberts was one of the last country singers to specialize in the legendary vocal technique of the blue yodel. The arrival of the Modenas was significant not only because the bike is one of the few to challenge the traditional equipment sources for Grand Prix racing, but also because it signaled a new potential for the sport. Kenny Roberts will certainly go down in history as one of the all-time racing greats in motorcycling -- not just in America, but the world over. Believing that motorcycle racing needed its own engineering infrastructure, he took it upon himself to build and develop a model engine program for use by World 500 Grand Prix teams. He was born George S. Kingsbury Jr. in Lenoir City, Tennessee, but raised on a farm outside of Greenfield, Massachusetts. He is an actor, known for Surfside 6 (1960), The Aquanauts (1960) and Bless Me, Ultima (2012). , For other people named Kenny Roberts, see, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Singer-Yodeler Kenny Roberts Dead at 85", "Kenny Roberts (The Jumping Cowboy) Discography – USA – 45cat", "Kenny Roberts Discography – USA – 45cat", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kenny_Roberts_(musician)&oldid=931262169, Articles needing additional references from April 2012, All articles needing additional references, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 December 2019, at 23:18.