The timbre of a theme was often a guide to the character of the series.  Some themes, in the vein of “The Magnificent Seven, are exciting orchestrations.   Others, such as How the West was Won, are sweeping paintings of the American frontier.  Contrast the ambling gate of The Restless Gun, the loping pace of the Lancer theme and the full gallop of Bonanza.  The themes of F Troop and The Rounders clearly pointed to an upcoming comedic presentation.  Alternatively, there are themes that are just downright hokey.  You pick your favorite for that category.

 

Some themes had song titles.  Others were simply noted as “Theme From (Name of Series)” or  “(Name of Series) Theme.”

 

Many artists performed the themes either on the series itself (Johnny Cash sang the theme for The Rebel) or as recordings (“Bonanza” was adapted and recorded by a number of artists, including Lorne Greene).

 

Variations in the pace  of a series original theme for a new season, and sometimes even midseason, occurred by design or due to music union regulations.  All of the variations have not been included.  Sometimes themes were changed to support a change in direction in the series (for example, with the change from a 30 minute to 6o minute time slot and the addition of new main characters and Jim Hardies’ ranch in Tales of Wells Fargo, the theme changed from a rousing to wistful arrangement).

 

Some themes were written by members of the  Performing Rights Organizations (PRO):

 

Other composers were not members.  Themes were, at times, attributed to someone other than the true composer or lyricist (for example: Ken Darby may have ascribed some songs and lyrics (that he wrote) to Vera Matson, his wife).  There were composers that wrote the theme and never contributed any other piece of music to the series.  Others continued to be involved in the series.  In at least one case, Four Feather Falls, the composer (Barry Gray) originated the idea for the series, wrote the themes and additional songs, scored music for the series, and conducted music for the series.

 

Care has been taken to cross-check the names of the composers and lyrists.  Attributions on the web have sometimes been made to individuals noted as writing music for the series.  This does not necessarily mean that individual actually wrote the theme.  Instead, it may be simply a notation that the individual worked on or with music for an episode(s).

 

There are opportunities to hear the opening and closing theme(s), within the tables below, thanks to the loading of opening, closing and full episode examples from the actual series on YouTube.  At times, the themes appear as stand alone files, at other times it will be necessary to scroll through the episode to find the opening and closing themes.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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TitleGenre
Original Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme Lyrics
Opening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
26 MenWestern / dramaOctober 15, 1957 (per IMDb) or November I , 1957 (Wikipedia)
- June 30, 1959
"26 Men"Russ" (Russell) Hayden
Yes"Hal" (Harold) Hopper "26 Men" Russ" (Russell) HaydenYes"Hal" Hopper

Above the LawWestern / dramaJanuary 13, 1966
Action in the AfternoonWestern / live variety February 2, 1953 - January 29, 1954"Billy the Kid"Aaron CopelandNarration
Narrator: Blake RitterSame as opening themeAaron CopelandInstrumental only
Adam MacKenzie, Frontier Doctor Western / dramaMarch 27, 1963
Alias Smith and JonesWestern / dramaJanuary 5, 1971 - January 13, 1973
Billy Goldenberg
Narration
Roger Davis (January 5, 1971 – January 27, 1972), Ralph Story (February 3, 1972 - January 13, 1973)
Same as opening theme Billy GoldenbergInstrumental only
A Man Called ShenandoahWestern / dramaSeptember 13, 1965 - May 16, 1966 "Shenandoah"Anonymous folk song
YesAttributed to Robert HortonRobert Horton"Shenandoah"Anonymous folk songYesAttributed to Robert HortonRobert Horton
Annie OakleyWestern / dramaJanuary 9, 1954 - February 24, 1957
"Annie Oakley M and E (1270 and 1271) / "Deadwood Dick" from the 1940 film Deadwood Dick / Third opening theme "West of Tarkio""Annie Oakley M and E (1270 and 1271) attributed to Lee Zahler/ "Deadwood Dick" from the 1940 film Deadwood Dick / Third opening theme "West of Tarkio" by Walter W. Greene (ASCAP)Narration"Western Theme Reel 3" (MUTEL) / "Theme No.215" (Capital "Q" Series) / "Annie Oakley""Western Theme Reel 3" (MUTEL) attributed to Joseph Mullendore, possible co-writers Herb Taylor, and Herschel Burke Gilbert / "Annie Oakley" Benjamin Weisman (ASCAP) and Fred Weiss (Wise) (ASCAP)"Western Theme Reel 3" (MUTEL) Instrumental only/ "Theme No. 215" (Capital "Q" Series) Instrumental Only / "Annie Oakley""Annie Oakley" by Gail Davis
Arroyo Western / dramaOctober 26, 1955

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme
Composer(s)
Lyrics of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Barbary CoastWestern / crime with comedic overtonesSeptember 8, 1975 - January 9, 1976To hear the opening theme from Barbary Coast, click here.John Andrew TartagliaInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from Barbary Coast, click here.John Andrew TartagliaInstrumental only
Bat MastersonWestern / drama October 8, 1958 - June 1, 1961 Attributed to Havens Wray. May have been composed by David D. RoseInstrumental onlyAttributed to Havens Wray. May have been composed by David D. RoseYes Bart Corwin Bill Lee (of the Mellowmen)
BearcatsWestern / drama with comedic undertonesSeptember 16, 1971 - December 30, 1971To hear the theme from Bearcats, click here"Hal" (Harold) HopperInstrumental onlySame as opening theme"Hal" (Harold) Hopper Instrumental only
Best of the WestWestern / comedySeptember 17, 1981 - June 21, 1982"Best of the West"Earl PomerantzYesRex AllenEarl Pomerantz
Big Bend CountryWestern / dramaAugust 27, 1981Instrumental only
Black SaddleWestern / dramaJanuary 10, 1959 -May 6, 1960To hear the theme from Black Saddle, click hereJerry GoldsmithInstrumental onlySame as opening themeJerry GoldsmithInstrumental only
Bob Archer and Western Stories Western / juvenile
BonanzaWestern / dramaSeptember 12, 1959 - January 16, 1973"Bonanza" (September 12, 1959 - April 19, 1970)/"The Big Bonanza" (September 13, 1970 - April 2, 1972) "Bonanza" was used as the theme for the made-for-TV movies"Bonanza" - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans / "The Big Bonanza" - David Rose (a reorchestration of "The Ponderosa" cue).The lyrics to "Bonanza" were cut from the pilot."Bonanza" - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans / "The Big Bonanza" - David Rose (a reorchestration of "The Ponderosa" cue)
BoomtownWestern / juvenile1956-1974"Boomtown" YesRex Trailer
Boots and SaddlesWestern / dramaSeptember 19, 1957 - May 29, 1958 To hear the opening theme from Boots and Saddles, click here Fred SteinerInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from Boots and Saddles, please click here
Bordertown
Western / dramaJanuary 7, 1989 - March 17, 1991 To hear the theme from Bordertown, click here Adaptation of Jean Sibelius's Third SymphonyInstrumental onlyAdaptation of the Third Symphony Jean SibeliusInstrumental only
BrandedWestern / dramaJanuary 24, 1965 - April 24, 1966"Branded"Dominic FrontierYesAlan Alch"Branded"Dominic FrontierYesAlan Alch
Brave Eagle - Chief of the Cheyennes Western / dramaSeptember 28, 1955 - March 14, 1956To hear the opening theme from Brave Eagle - Chief of the Cheyennes, click hereInstrumental only To hear the closing theme, please click hereInstrumental only
Bret MaverickWestern / drama with comedic undertonesDecember 1, 1981 - May 4, 1982Ed Bruce, Glenn Ray, Patsy BruceYesEd Bruce, Glenn Ray, Patsy BruceEd BruceSame as opening themeEd Bruce, Glenn Ray, Patsy BruceInstrumental only
Broken ArrowWestern / dramaSeptember 25, 1956 - June 24, 1958To hear the opening theme from Broken Arrow, click here Paul SawtellInstrumental only To hear the closing theme from Broken Arrow, click hereInstrumental only
Bronco (See The Cheyenne Show)Western / dramaSeptember 23, 1958 - April 30, 1962Jerry LivingstonYesMack DavidOriginally sung by "Hal" (Harold) Hooper with backup singers from Jack Hallora's vocal group
BuckskinWestern / dramaJuly 3, 1958 - May 25, 1959Stanley Morton, Mort Green
Buffalo Bill, Jr.Western / dramaMarch 1, 1955 - September 21, 1956Narrative To hear the closing (end of episode) theme for Buffalo Bill, Jr. please click here.
Buffalo Billy ShowWestern / juvenile - live puppet showOctober, 1950 - 1951
Butch & Billy & Their Bang Bang Western MoviesWestern / juvenile

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme
Lyricist(s)
Closing Theme Performer(s)
Cactus JimWestern / juvenile October 13, 1949 - February 1, 1952
Cade's CountyWestern / 20th century crime dramaSeptember 19, 1972 - April 9, 1973To hear the theme from Cade's County, please click hereHenry ManciniInstrumental onlySame as opening themeHenry ManciniInstrumental only
Casey JonesWestern / dramaOctober 8, 1957 - May 6, 1958"The Ballad of Casey Jones"American folk song - "Jimmy Jones"Yes"The Ballad of Casey Jones"American folk song - "Jimmy Jones"Yes
CentennialWestern / dramatic mini-seriesOctober 1, 1978 - February 4, 1979To hear the opening (beginning of episode) theme for Centennial, please click hereJohn AddisonInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing (end of episode) theme for Centennial, please click here
CheyenneWestern / dramaSeptember 20, 1955 - December 17, 1962 (from September 20 1955 - May 22, 1956 Cheyenne was part of the Warner Bros. Presents rotation of Cheyenne, Casablanca, and King's Row. ) Cheyenne was suspended during the 1958-1959 season due to a contract dispute between Mr. Walker and Warner Bros. with the time slot filled by alternating presentations of Bronco and Sugarfoot. From September 15, 1959 - May 15, 1961 Cheyenne, Bronco and Sugarfoot alternated in the time slot. September 25, 1961 - April 30, 1962 Cheyenne and Bronco alternated within the same time slot. September 24, 1962 - December 17, 1962 Cheyenne was presented alone. Mack David and Jerry Livingston (September 20. 1955 - September 11, 1956), attributed to William Lava (September 25, 1956 - December 17, 1962)Yes
Attributed to William Lava (September 25, 1956 - December 17, 1962)Yes Stan Jones
Chuck Connors' Great Western Theatre Western / anthologyFebruary 25, 1982 (Australia as Chuck Connors Western Theatre)
Cimarron CityWestern / dramaSeptember 27, 1958 - April 4, 1959 To hear the theme from Cimarron City, please click hereStanley WilsonInstrumental onlySame as opening theme Stanley WilsonInstrumental only
Cimarron StripWestern / crime dramaSeptember 7, 1967 - March 7, 1968To hear the theme from Cimarron Strip, please click hereMaurice JarreInstrumental onlySame as opening themeMaurice Jarre Instrumental only
Circus BoyWestern / juvenileSeptember 20, 1956 - December 12, 1957To hear the opening theme from Circus Boy, please click here"Hal" (Harold) HopperInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from Circus Boy, please click hereHal Hopper Instrumental only
Colt .45Western / dramaOctober 18, 1957 - June 21, 1960YesMack David and Jerry LivingstonMack David and Jerry LivingstonYesDouglas Heyes
Command Western / drama1958
Corky and White ShadowWestern / juvenile mini-seriesJanuary 30, 1956 - February 22, 1956
Cowboy G-MenWestern / crime dramaSeptember 13, 1952 - June 13, 1953To hear the opening theme from Cowboy G-Men, please click hereInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing (ending of episode) theme from Cowboy G-Men, please click here
Cowboys and Injuns Western / juvenile
Crash Corrigan's RanchWestern / juvenileJuly, 1950 - September 1950
Curley Bradley "The Singing Marshal"Western / drama
CusterWestern / dramaSeptember 6, 1966 - December 27, 1966 Leif StevensNarrationSame as opening themeLeif Stevens

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme Lyrics
Closing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Dale Evans: Queen of the WestWestern / drama
Daniel BooneWestern / dramatic frontier mini-series December 1960 - March 1961
Daniel BooneWestern / frontier dramaSeptember 24, 1964 - May 7, 1970Lionel Newman YesVera Matson (may have been attributed to her by her husband, Ken Darby)The Imperials Lionel NewmanInstrumental only
Davy CrockettWestern / frontier dramaDecember 15, 1954 - December 14, 1955"The Ballad of Davy Crockett"George BrunsYesThomas W. BlackburnThe Wellingtons
Dead Man's GunWestern / dramaMarch 2, 1997 - March 26, 1999attributed to Terry FrewerNarrationKris KristoffersonInstrumental only
Dead Man's WalkWestern / dramatic mini-seriesMay 12, 13, 14,1996 -
attributed to David Bell
DeadwoodWestern / dramaMarch 21, 2004 - August 27, 2006To hear the theme from Deadwood, please click hereDavid Schwartz
Instrumental only
Death TrapWestern / dramaMay 9, 1961
Death Valley DaysWestern / historical dramaMarch 1, 1952 - April 24, 1970To hear the opening theme to Death Valley Days "Call of the West," please click here. , Herbert TaylorInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme for Death Valley Days, please click here.Herbert TaylorInstrumental only
DestryWestern / drama with comedic undertonesFebruary 14, 1964 - May 8, 1964 YesRandy Sparks
Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterWestern / anthology seriesOctober 5,1956 - May 18,1961To hear the theme from Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, please click here.Hershel Burke GilbertInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing credits theme, go to the end of this videoHershel Burke GilbertInstrumental only
Dirty SallyWestern / drama with comedic overtonesJanuary 11, 1974 - April 19, 1974Yes
Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanWestern / dramaJanuary 1, 1993 - May 16, 1998To hear the theme from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, please click here.William OlvisNarrative, First Season OnlySame as opening themeWilliam OlvisInstrumental only
Dundee and the CulhaneWestern / dramaSeptember 6, 1967 - December 13, 1967 To hear the theme for Dundee and the Culhane, please click here.David RoseInstrumental only
Dusty's TrailWestern / comedySeptember 11, 1973 - April 12, 1974Sherwood SchwartzYesMel StreetSame as opening themeSherwood SchwartzInstrumental only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
El Coyote Western / drama1957
EmpireWestern / 20th century dramaSeptember 25, 1962 - May 14, 1963To hear the theme from Empire, please click hereJohnny Green Instrumental onlyJohnny Green Instrumental only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
F TroopWestern / comedySeptember 14, 1965 - April 6, 1967"F Troop"William LavaYesIrving TaylorTo hear the closing theme, please click hereWilliam LavaInstrumental only
Father Murphy Western / dramaNovember 3, 1981 - September 18, 1983 To hear the theme for Father Murphy , please click hereDavid RoseInstrumental onlySame as the opening themeDavid RoseInstrumental only
For Cowboys OnlyWestern / juvenile
Four Feather FallsWestern / juvenileFebruary, 1963 - November, 1963Barry Gray To hear the introduction to Four Feather Falls, please click hereBarry GrayMichael Holliday"Two Gun Tex of Texas"Barry GrayTo hear the closing theme, "Two Gun Tex of Texas," please click hereBarry Gray Michael Holliday
Fremont the TrailblazerWestern / drama1956
Frontier Western /anthology seriesSeptember 25, 1955 - September 9, 1956
Frontier Western / frontier drama November 6, 2016 - November 23, 2018To hear the "Frontier Title Theme," please click hereAndrew LockingtonInstrumental only (chanting in background)
Frontier CircusWestern / dramaOctober 5, 1961 - September 6, 1962To hear the theme from Frontier Circus, please click hereDavid ButtolphInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from Frontier Circus, please click hereDavid ButtolphInstrumental only
Frontier DoctorWestern / dramaSeptember 26, 1958 - June 20, 1959To hear the opening theme from Frontier Doctor, please click hereWilliam Loose and John SeelyNarrative varies with each episodeTo hear the closing theme from Frontier Doctor, please click hereInstrumental only
Frontier HouseWestern / frontier-based reality series April 9, 2002 - May 3, 2002Edward BilousNarrative
Frontier JusticeWestern / anthology seriesJuly 7, 1958 - September 28, July 6, 1959 - September 14, 1959, August 3, 1961 - September 28, 1961
FuryWestern / juvenileOctober 15, 1955 - March 19, 1960Ernest GoldNarrative

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
GodlessWestern / dramatic mini-seriesNovember 22, 2017 To hear the theme from Godless, please click hereCarlos Rafael RiveraInstrumental only
Gun ShyWestern ./ comedyMarch 15, 1983 - April 19, 1983To hear the theme from Gun Shy, please click here
Guns of Paradise (see Paradise)Western / drama January 4, 1991 - May 10, 1991To hear the theme from Guns of Paradise, please click hereJarrold ImmelInstrumental onlySame as opening themeJarrold ImmelInstrumental only
GunslingerWestern / dramaFebruary 9, 1961 - May 18, 1961Dimitri TomkinYesNed WashingtonFrankie Laine
GunsmokeWestern / dramaSeptember 10, 1955 - March 31, 1975"Theme from Gunsmoke" / "Opening Theme - Gunsmoke" / "Gunsmoke Main Title" / "Gunsmoke Theme" / "Gunsmoke Main Title" To hear the opening theme from Gunsmoke, please click hereRex Koury / Rex Koury and "Fred" (Frederick) Steiner / "Fred" (Frederick) Steiner / Rex Koury (ASCAP) arrangement by "Fred" (Frederick) Steiner (ASCAP) / Rex Koury (ASCAP) arrangement by "Mort" (Morton) Stevens (ASCAP)Instrumental only
To hear the closing theme from Gunsmoke, please click hereInstrumental only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Harts of the WestWestern / comedySeptember 25, 1993 - July 18, 1994"In a Laid Back Way" Clint BlackYesClint BlackClint Black
Have Gun - Will TravelWestern / dramaSeptember 14, 1957 - April 20, 1963To hear the opening theme, please click here. Bernard HerrmannNarratives that vary with individual episodes or instrumental onlyTo hear "The Ballad of Paladin," please click here.Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe Arranged by Bob ThompsonYesJohnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe, arranged by Bob ThompsonDuane Eddy
HawkeyeWestern / frontier dramaSeptember 24, 1994 - May 14, 1995To hear the theme from Hawkeye, please clcik hereInstrumental onlySame as opening themeInstrumental only
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans Western / frontier dramaApril 3, 1957 - December 25, 1957Narrative
Hec Ramsey Western / dramaOctober 8, 1972 - April 7, 1974"Where Did He Come From?" a.k.a. "The Ballad of Hec RamseyJerry WallaceYesInstrumental only
Hell on WheelsWestern / dramaNovember 6, 2011 - July 23, 2016To hear the theme from Hell on Wheels, please click hereGustavo Santaolalla Instrumental onlyKevin Kiner & Gustavo SantaolallaGustavo Santaolalla
Here Comes the BridesWestern / comedySeptember 23, 1968 - April 3, 1970To hear the theme from Here Come the Brides, please click hereHugo Montenegro, Jack Keller, Ernie SheldonYes (mid-Season 1)The New EstablishmentSame theme as the opening theme.Hugo Montenegro, Jack Keller, Ernie SheldonInstrumental only
HondoWestern / drama
September 8, 1967 - December 29, 1967 To hear the theme from Hondo, please click hereRichard MarkowitzInstrumental onlySame theme as the opening theme.Richard MarkowitzInstrumental only
Hopalong CassidyWestern / juvenileJune 24, 1949 - 1952
Hopalong CassidyWestern / juvenileSeptember 19, 1952 - April 2,1954, "Hopalong Cassidy March"Nacio Herb BrownYesL. Wolfe Gilbert
Hotel de PareeWestern / comedyOctober 2, 1959 - June 3, 1960To hear the theme from Hotel de Paree, please click hereDimitri TomkinInstrumental only
How the West was WonWestern / dramaFebruary 6, 1976 - April 26, 1979To hear the theme from How the West Was Won, please click hereJerrold ImmelInstrumental onlySame as opening themeJerrold ImmelInstrumental only
Howdy Doody Show (originally Puppet Playhouse)Western / juvenileJanuary 3, 1947 - September 24, 1960 "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay"attributed to Henry J. Sayers who stated he originally heard the song "Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Aye" sung by Mama Lou in the 1880sYes"Buffalo" Bob Smith, Edward KeanChildren's choir
Hudson's Bay Western / drama1959Narrative

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesSpinoff fromName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Into the West Western / dramatic mini-seriesJune 10, 2005 - July 22, 2005To hear the theme, "Into the West," from Into the West, please click hereJeff Zanelli

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Jefferson DrumWestern / dramaApril 25, 1958 - December 11, 1958
Johnny MoccasinWestern / drama1956
Johnny RingoWestern / dramaOctober 1, 1959 - June 30, 1960 Don DurantYesDon DurantDon Durant
Judge Roy BeanWestern / dramaSeptember 9,
1955 - 1956
Yes

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
KlondikeWestern / dramaOctober 10, 1960 - February 13, 1961Yes
Instrumental only
KlondikeWestern / dramatic mini-seriesJanuary 20, 2014 - January 23, 2014 To hear the theme from Klondike, please click hereAdrian JohnstonInstrumental only
Kung FuWestern/dramaOctober 1972 - April, 1975"Caine's Theme"Jim HelmsYes

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Lancer Western / dramaSeptember 24, 1968 - June 23, 1970To hear the theme from Lancer, please click hereJerome MorossInstrumental onlyJerome MorossInstrumental only
Laramie Western / dramaSeptember 15, 1959 - May 21, 1963To hear the Seasons 1, 3 & 4 theme from Laramie, please click here and click on "Laramie Opening Theme"Cyril J. MockridgeNot used on the seriesBill Olafson (lyrics not used on series)Same as opening themeCyril J. MockridgeInstrumental only
Laredo Western / comedySeptember 16, 1965 - April 7, 1967To hear the theme from Loredo, please click hereRuss (Russell) GarciaInstrumental onlySame as opening themeRuss (Russell) GarciaInstrumental only
Law of the PlainsmanWestern / dramaOctober 1, 1959 - May 5, 1960 To hear the theme from Law of the Plainsman, please click here
LawmanWestern / drama1958 - 1962"Lawman"Jerry LivingstonYesMack David"Lawman"Jerry LivingstonYesMack David
LegacyWestern / dramaOctober 9, 1998 - July 30, 1999"The Mummers' Dance"Loreena McKennittYesLoreena McKennitt
LegendWestern / science fiction April 18, 1995 - August 22, 1995To hear the theme from Legend, please click here
Little House: A New Beginning (See Little House on the Prairie)
Western / dramaSeptember 27, 1982 - March 21, 1983
Little House on the Prairie (See Little House a New BeginningWestern / dramaSeptember 11, 1974 - May 10, 1982"The Little House"David RoseOriginally written as incidental music for a Bonanza episodeDavid Rose
LoggersWestern / drama1961
Lonesome DoveWestern / dramatic miniseriesFebruary 5-8, 1989To hear the theme from Lonesome Dove, please click hereBasil PoledourisTo hear the closing theme for Lonesome Dove Part 1, please click here
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (See Lonesome Dove: The SeriesWestern / drama1995 -1996To hear the theme from Lonesome Dove, please click here
Lonesome Dove: The Series (See Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years)Western / dramaSeptember 26, 1994 - May 29, 1995To hear the theme from Lonesome Dove, please click here
LongmireNeo Western / dramaJune 3, 2012 - November 17, 2017To hear the theme from Longmire, please click hereDavid ShephardInstrumental only
Luke and the TenderfootWestern / drama1955To hear the opening theme for Luke and the Tenderfoot, please click hereSame as the opening theme. To hear the closing theme, please click here

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Mackenzie's RaidersWestern / dramaOctober 1, 1958 - July 4, 1959NarrativeTo hear the opening theme for Mackenzie's Raider's, please click hereNarrator: Art GilmoreNarrativeInstrumental only Narrator: Art Gilmore
Man From BlackhawkWestern dramaOctober 9, 1959 - September 9, 1960To hear the theme from The Man from Blackhawk, please click hereInstrumental only
Man Without a GunWestern / dramaNovember 5, 1957 - September 10, 1959To hear the theme adaptation of "Red River Valley" from Man Without a Gun, please click hereFolk song of unknown originInstrumental only"Red River Valley"Folk song of unknown originFolk song of unknown originInstrumental only
Matt and Jenny... on the Wilderness TrailWestern / dramaOctober 21, 1979 - February 29, 1980To hear the theme from Matt and Jenny ... on the Wilderness Trail, please click hereRon HarrisonInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme for Matt and Jenny on the Wilderness Trial, please click hereRon HarrisonInstrumental only
MaverickWestern / drama September 22, 1957 - April 22, 1962 To hear the opening credits for Maverick, please click hereDavid ButtolphInstrumental only David Buttolph Yes Paul Francis Webster
McCloud Western /20th century crime drama with western influenceFebruary 17, 1970 - April 17, 1977 To hear the theme from McCloud, please click hereTo hear the closing theme for McCloud, please click hereInstrumental only
Melody RanchWestern / varietySeptember 1964
Men of Defiance Western / dramaApril 19, 1960Yes
Mountain ManWestern / drama1960
My Friend FlickaWestern / juvenile February 10, 1956 - February 1, 1957 To hear the opening theme from Flicka, please click herePaul SawtellInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from Flicka, please click herePaul SawtellInstrumental only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Nichols / James Garner as Nichols (October 28, 1971 - March 14, 1972)Western / drama September 16, 1971 - March 14, 1972To hear the theme from Nichols, please click hereInstrumental onlyInstrumental only
Northwest PassageWestern / dramaSeptember 14, 1958 - March 13, 1959To hear the opening theme for Northwest Passage, please click hereInstrumental only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Oky Doky RanchWestern / juvenile
OutlawsWestern / drama September 29, 1960 - May 10, 1962Hugo Friedhofer
Outlaws Western / criminal drama / science fiction January 3, 1987 - May 2, 1987Narrative
OutpostWestern / dramaMarch 22, 1962
Overland TrailWestern / dramaFebruary 7, 1960 - June 6, 1960To hear the theme from Overland Trail, please click hereJeff Alexander, "Dave" (David) KahnTo hear the closing theme from Overland Trail, please click here

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Paradise (See Guns of Paradise)Western / dramaOctober 27, 1988 - April 28, 1990To hear the theme from Paradise, please click hereJerrold ImmelInstrumental onlySame as opening theme
Jerrold ImmelInstrumental only
PeacemakersWestern / crime dramaAugust 6, 2003 - October 8, 2003 To hear the theme from Peacemakers, please click here
Pistols 'n' Petticoats Western / comedy September 17, 1966 - March 11, 1967 "Pistols 'n' Petticoats"Jack ElliotYes Jack Elliot
PonderosaWestern / dramaSeptember 9, 2001 - May 12, 2002 To hear the theme from Ponderosa, please click hereBruce Rowland
Pony Express Western / drama1959 - May 31, 1960 Narrative

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Queen of SwordsWestern / dramaOctober 7, 2000- May 30, 2001"Behind the Mask"Spencer ProfferJose FelicianoYesSteve Plunkett
Quick DrawWestern / comedyAugust 5, 2013 - October 2, 2014
Quick Draw McGrawWestern / animated juvenileSeptember 28, 1959 - October 20, 1961Hoyt CurtinYesHoyt CurtinYes

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Randolph Scott Theater of the WestWestern / anthology
RangoWestern / comedyJanuary 13, 1967 - May 5, 1967"Rango"Earle HagenYesBen RaleighFrankie Laine
RawhideWestern / dramaJanuary 9, 1959 - December 7, 1965"Rawhide"Dimitri TomkinYes
Ned WashingtonFrankie Laine"Rawhide"Dimitri Tomkin YesNed WashingtonFrankie Laine
Red RyderWestern / juvenile1951
Red RyderWestern / juvenile1956 Yes
Redigo Western/ dramaSeptember 24, 1963 - December 31, 1963To hear the theme from Redigo, please click hereInstrumental only
Ride the Trail with Rex TrailerWestern / juvenile1950 - 1956
RiverboatWestern / dramaSeptember 13, 1959 - January 2, 1961 To hear the theme from Riverboat, please click hereGerald FriedInstrumental only
Rough RidersWestern / dramatic mini-seriesJuly 20, 21, 1997
RussellWestern / anthology series1961

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Sagebrush TheaterWestern / juvenile
SaraWestern / dramaFebruary 13, 1976 - May 7, 1976"Sara's Theme"Lee Holdridge
Saturday RoundupWestern / dramatizations of James Oliver Curwood's western filmsSummer 1951
Sergeant Preston of the YukonWestern / juvenileSeptember 29, 1955 - February 27, 1958Overture to Donna DianaEmil von Rexnicek NarrativeOverture to Donna DianaEmil von Rexnicek Instrumental only
ShaneWestern / dramaSeptember 10, 1966 - December 31, 1966Victor YoungNarrativeSame as the opening theme.Victor YoungInstrumental only
Shotgun SladeWestern / crime drama October 24, 1959 - June 1961 To hear the theme for Shotgun Slade, please click hereInstrumental only
Sky KingWestern / juvenileApril 5, 1952 - March 8, 1959Milton Raskin and Joseph Solon (Herbert Taylor)NarrativeTo hear the closing theme for Sky King, please click hereMilton Raskin and Joseph Solon (Herbert Taylor)Instrumental only
Stagecoach WestWestern / dramaOctober 4, 1960 - June 27, 1961To hear the theme for Stagecoach West, please click hereSkip MartinInstrumental only"Stagecoach West"Skip MartinTo hear the closing theme, please click hereTerry GilkysonBud and Travis
State TrooperWestern / 20th century crime dramaFebruary 3, 1956 - June 25, 1959To hear the theme for State Trooper, please click hereInstrumental only
Steve Donovan, Western MarshalWestern / crime dramaSeptember 24, 1955 - June 6, 1956 Narrative
Stoney BurkeWestern / 20th century dramaOctober 1, 1962 - May 20, 1963 To hear the theme from Stoney Burke, please click hereInstrumental only
Stories of the Century Western / crime drama January 23, 1954 - March 11, 1955 Herschel Burke Gilbert (ASCAP)
Strange Empire (a.k.a. Strange Empire Rise of the Women)Western / dramaOctober 6, 2014 - February 2, 2015To hear the theme from Strange Empire, please click hereInstrumental only
Sugarfoot Western / drama September 17, 1957 - April 17, 1961Max SteinerYes Paul Francis Webster

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Tales of the Texas RangersWestern / juvenile crime dramaAugust 27, 1955 - December 26, 1958"These Are Tales of Texas Rangers," an adaptation of "The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad"An adaptation of “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You” (adapted from Franz von Suppé’s “Poet and Peasant,” August 24, 1846) and “I've Been Working for the Railroad” (1894 - Anonymous)Yes
Tales of Wells FargoWestern / crime dramaMarch 18, 1957 - June 2, 1962To hear the first theme (30 minutes episodes) from Tales of Wells Fargo, please click here. To hear the second theme (60 minute episodes) from Tales of Wells Fargo, please click here.Mort Greene (Theme 1, September 30, 1961 - June 2, 1962), Harry Warren (Theme 2 September 30, 1961- June 2, 1962)Instrumental Only To hear the first closing theme (30 minutes episodes) from Tales of Wells Fargo, please click here.
To hear the closing theme for the 60 minute episodes, please click here
Mort Greene (Theme 1, September 30, 1961 - June 2, 1962), Harry Warren (Theme 2 September 30, 1961- June 2, 1962)Instrumental only
TateWestern / dramaJune 8, 1960 - September 14, 1960To hear the opening theme from Tate, please click hereInstrumental OnlyTo hear the closing theme from Tate, please click here
Temple HoustonWestern / crime dramaSeptember 19, 1963 - April 2, 1964"The Yellow Rose of Texas"Arranged by Frank Comstock, Ned Washington
Texas John SlaughterWestern / crime dramaOctober 3, 1958 - April 1961To hear the theme from Texas John Slaughter, please click hereYes
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Western / dramaAugust 27, 1993 - May 20, 1994 To hear the theme from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., please click hereRandy EdelmanInstrumental OnlySame as opening themeRandy EdelmanInstrumental only
The Adventures of ChampionWestern / juvenile September 23, 1955 - March 3, 1956"Champion the Wonder Horse"Norman LuboffYesMarilyn BergmanMike Stewart
The Adventures of Cyclone MaloneWestern / juvenile - marionettes1949 - 1951
The Adventures of Jim BowieWestern / dramaSeptember 7, 1956 - August 29, 1958"Adventurin' Man"Ken Darby A.S.C.A.P.YesKen Darby A.S.C.A.P."The King's Men" a.k.a. Ken Darby Singers"Adventurin' Man"Ken Darby A.S.C.A.P.YesKen Darby A.S.C.A.P."The King's Men" a.k.a.Ken Darby Singers
The Adventures of Kit CarsonWestern / juvenileAugust 11, 1951 - January 22, 1955To hear the theme from The Adventures of Kit Carson, please click hereInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme for The Adventures of Kit Carson, please click here
The Adventures of Pow WowWestern / juvenile / animated shortsJanuary 30, 1945 - March 14, 1945, 1956 - 1958Yes
The Adventures of Rick O'ShayWestern/ drama1951
The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin
Western / juvenileOctober 15, 1954 - May 8, 1959To here the theme from The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, please click hereTo hear the closing theme to The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, please click here
The Adventures of the Tucson KidWestern / crime drama 1954
The Adventures of Wild Bill HickokWestern / dramaApril 15, 1951 - May 16, 1958Narrative
The AlaskansWestern / dramaOctober 4, 1959 - June 19, 1960"Gold Fever"Jerry LivingstonYesMack DavidYes
The Americans Western / dramaJanuary 23, 1961 - May 15, 1961
The Big ValleyWestern / dramaSeptember 15, 1965 - May 19, 1969To hear the first theme from The Big Valley, please click here. To hear the second theme from The Big Valley, please click here George Duning (October 6, 1965 - November 18, 1968)Instrumental OnlyInstrumental OnlySame as opening themeGeorge Duning (October 6, 1965 - November 18, 1968)
The Buckskin RangersWestern / dramaTo hear the opening credits for The Buckskin Rangers, please click hereTo hear the closing credits for The Buckskin Rangers, please click here
The Buffalo SoldiersWestern / dramaMay 26, 1979
The CaliforniansWestern / dramaSeptember 24, 1957 - May 26, 1959"I've Come to California"Harry WarrenYesHarold AdamsonKen Darby Singers
The Cheyenne Show (See Cheyenne, Bronco, and Sugarfoot)Western / dramaSeptember 17, 1957 - December 17, 1962To hear the opening theme for the combination of Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, and Bronco, please click here. To hear the Cheyenne and Bronco opening theme combination, please click here.
The ChisholmsWestern / dramatic mini-seriesMarch 29, 1979 - April 19, 1980To hear the adaptation of "Simple Gifts" as the theme for The Chisholms, please click hereJoseph Brackett, adapted by Aaron CopelandTo hear the adaptation of "Simple Gifts" as the theme for The Chisholms, please click here
The ChisholmsWestern / dramatic mini-seriesJanuary 19, 1980 - March 15, 1980"Simple Gifts"Joseph Brackett, adapted by Aaron Copeland
The Cisco KidWestern / juvenileSeptember 5, 1950 - March 22, 1956NarrativeThe music is the same as the opening theme. There were variations in the closing credits narratives
The Code of Jonathan WestWestern / dramaApril 17, 1960
The CowboysWestern / dramaFebruary 6, 1974 - May 8, 1974John Williams
The DakotasWestern / dramaJanuary 7, 1963 - September 9, 1963 To hear the theme from The Dakotas, please click here
The DeputyWestern / dramaSeptember 12, 1959 - July 1, 1961 To hear the theme from The Deputy, please click hereSame as the opening theme. To hear the closing theme from The Deputy, please click here
The DrifterWestern / drama1965 - 1966"The Drifter"Marty RobbinsTo hear the opening theme for "The Drifter," please click hereMarty RobbinsMarty RobbinsMarty RobbinsTo hear the closing theme for "The Drifter," please click hereMarty RobbinsMarty Robbins
The Gabby Hayes Show Western / varietyDecember 11, 1950 - January 1, 1954 Instrumental only
The Gabby Hayes Show Western / varietyMay 12, 1956 - July 14, 1956 To hear the theme from The Gabby Hayes Show, please click hereInstrumental only
The Gene Autry ShowWestern / dramaJuly 23, 1950 - August 7, 1956"Back in the Saddle Again"Ray Whitley with variations by Ray Whitley and Gene AutryNarrativeRay Whitley and Gene Autry (The lyrics were not used in the opening credits)Narrator: Gene Autry"Back in the Saddle Again"Ray Whitley with variations by Ray Whitley and Gene AutryInstrumental onlyRay Whitley and Gene Autry (The lyrics were not used in the closing credits)
The Gray GhostWestern / historical dramaOctober 10, 1957 - July 3, 1958"The Gray Ghost"William Paul DunlapTo hear the opening credits theme with narrative, please click hereNarrator: Tod AndrewsTo hear the closing credits of The Gray Ghost, a variation of "The Yellow Rose of Texas," please click here attributed to William Paul DunlapInstrumental only
The Guns of Will SonnettWestern / dramaSeptember 8, 1967 - September16, 1969Earle Hagen and Hugo Friedhofer NarrativeNarrator: Walter BrennanTo hear the closing credits, please click here Earle Hagen and Hugo FriedhoferInstrumental only
The High ChaparralWestern /drama September 10, 1967 - March 12, 1971To hear "The Theme from "The High Chaparral," please click hereDavid RoseInstrumental only
To hear the theme for The High Chaparral, please click hereDavid RoseInstrumental only
The Iron HorseWestern / dramaSeptember 12, 1966 - January 6, 1968To hear the theme from The Iron Horse, please click here.Dominic FrontiereInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing credits from The Iron Horse, please click hereDominic FrontiereInstrumental only
The LariatWestern / dramaMarch 29, 1960
The Lazarus ManWestern /dramaJanuary 20, 1996 - November 9, 1996 John Debney
The Legend of Jesse JamesWestern / dramaSeptember 13, 1965 - May 9, 1966 To hear the opening credits theme, please click hereTo hear the closing credits theme, please click here
The Life and Legend of Wyatt EarpWestern / dramaSeptember 6, 1955 - June 27, 1961"The Legend of Wyatt Earp"Harry WarrenYes Harold AdamsonThe Ken Darby Singers"The Legend of Wyatt Earp"Harry WarrenTo hear closing credits for The Legend of Wyatt Earp, please click hereHarold AdamsonThe Ken Darby Singers
The Life and Times of Grizzly AdamsWestern / juvenile dramaFebruary 9, 1977 - December 19, 1978 Thom PaceYesThom PaceThom PaceTo hear the closing credits for The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, please click hereThom PaceInstrumental only
The Lone RangerWestern / juvenileSeptember 15, 1949 - June 6, 1957 "William Tell Overature" (Fourth section)Gioachino Antonio RossiniNarrativeNarrativeGioachino Antonio RossiniInstrumental only
The Lone RangerWestern / animated juvenileSeptember 10, 1966 - September 6, 1969
The LonerWestern / dramaSeptember 18, 1965 - April 30, 1966Jerry GoldsmithInstrumental only
The Magnificent SevenWestern / dramaJanuary 3, 1998 - July 3, 2000 To hear "The Magnificent Seven Theme," please click here.Elmer BernsteinInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing credits from The Magnificent Seven, please click hereElmer BernsteinInstrumental only
The Marshal of Gunsight PassWestern / crime dramaMarch 12, 1950 - September 30, 1950Yes
The Marshall of Trail City Western / drama1950To hear the opening theme from The Marshall of Trail City, please click hereInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from The Marshall of Trail City, please click hereInstrumental only
The Men from Shiloh (See The Virginian)Western / dramaSeptember 16, 1970 - March 24, 1971To hear the theme from The Men From Shiloh, please click here Ennio MarriconeInstrumental only
The MonroesWestern / dramaSeptember 7, 1966 - March 15, 1967 To hear the opening theme for The Monroes, please click hereDavid RoseInstrumental only
The Nine Lives of Elfego BacaWestern / dramatic mini-series October 3, 1958 - March 1960"The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca", Rich Dehr and Frank MillerTo hear the theme song "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca", please click hereRich Dehr and Frank Miller
The Oregon TrailWestern / dramaSeptember 21, 1977 - October 26, 1977"Oregon Bound"Rod Taylor, Charles Napier, Danny DarstYesRod Taylor, Charles NapierDanny Darst
The OutcastsWestern / dramaSeptember 23, 1968 - May 5, 1960To hear the theme from The Outcasts, please click hereHugo Montenegro Instrumental onlySame as opening themeHugo Montenegro Instrumental only
The Pinkertons Western / crime dramaOctober 4, 2014 - May 23, 2015
The QuestWestern / dramaSeptember 22, 1976 - December 29, 1976Richard ShoresNarrativeSame as opening themeRichard ShoresInstrumental only
The Range RiderWestern / juvenileSeptember 23, 1951 - June 22, 1953"Home on the Range" Variation on the song originally written by Daniel E. KelleyYes
Dr. Brewster M. Higley (the lyrics are from the poem "My Western Home" (1872)"Home, Home on the Range"Variation on the song originally written by Daniel E. KelleyInstrumental only
The RebelWestern / dramaOctober 1, 1959 - July 18, 1961"Ballad of Johnny Yuma" R. (Richard) Markowitz Yes A. J. (Andrew J.) FenadyJohnny Cash"Ballad of Johnny Yuma"R. (Richard) Markowitz There were versions with lyrics and versions that were instrumental onlyA. J. (Andrew J.) Fenady
The Restless GunWestern / dramaSeptember 23, 1957 - June 22, 1959To hear the theme "I Ride With the Wind" from The Restless Gun, please click hereMelvyn Lenard, Dave Kahn, Mort GreeneInstrumental onlySame as opening theme. To hear the closing theme, please click hereMelvyn Lenard, Dave Kahn, Mort GreeneInstrumental only
The RiflemanWestern / dramaSeptember 30, 1958 - April 8, 1963To hear the theme from The Rifleman, please click hereHerschel Burke GilbertInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from The Rifleman, please click hereHerschel Burke GilbertInstrumental only
The Road WestWestern / dramaSeptember 12, 1966 - May 1, 1967
The Rough RidersWestern / dramaOctober 2, 1958 - July 16, 1959Cliff RadfordTo hear the opening narrative from The Rough Riders, please click hereCliff RadfordTo hear the closing narrative from The Rough Riders, please click here
The RoundersWestern / comedySeptember 6, 1966 - January 3, 1967To hear the theme from The Rounders, please click hereJeff AlexanderInstrumental only
The Roy Rogers ShowWestern / juvenile December 30, 1951 - June 9, 1957 Narrative"Happy Trails"Dale EvansYesDale EvansRoy Rogers and Dale Evans
The Saga of Andy BurnettWestern / dramatic mini-seriesOctober 2, 1957 - March 12, 1958
The Sheriff of Cochise (See U.S. Marshal) in reruns the two series were combined and ran as Man from CochiseWestern / 20th century crime dramaSeptember 14, 1956 - January, 1958To hear the theme from the Sheriff of Cochise, please click hereWilliam Loose, John SeelyInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme for The Sheriff of Cochise, please click hereInstrumental only
The Tall ManWestern / dramaSeptember 10,1960 - May 26, 1962To hear the opening theme from The Tall Man, please click hereInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from The Tall Man, please click hereInstrumental only
The TexanWestern / dramaSeptember 29, 1958 - September 12, 1960To hear the opening theme from The Texan, please click here"Bill" (William) Loose, John SeelyInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from The Texan, please click here"Bill" (William) Loose and John SeelyInstrumental only
The Texas RangerWestern / drama1955
The Travels of Jaimie McPheetersWestern / dramaSeptember 29, 1963 - March 15, 1964To hear the theme from The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, please click hereLeigh HarlineInstrumental onlyLeigh HarlineYesJerry Winn
The Virginian (See The Men from Shiloh)Western / dramaSeptember 19, 1962 - March 18, 1970To hear the opening theme "Lonesome Tree" from The Virginian, please click here Percy Faith Instrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme "Lonesome Tree" from The Virginian, please click here Percy FaithInstrumental only
The WesternerWestern / dramaSeptember 30, 1960 -December 30, 1960 To hear the theme from The Westerner, please click hereInstrumental only
The Wild Wild WestWestern / science fiction with comedic overtonesSeptember 17, 1965 - September 11, 1969To hear the "Theme from The Wild Wild West," (1) please click here To hear the "Theme from The Wild Wild West," (2) please click here Richard MarkowitzInstrumental onlyTo hear the closing theme from The Wild, Wild West, please click hereRichard MarkowitzInstrumental only
The YankWestern / drama1960
The Yellow Rose Western / 20th century soap operaOctober 2, 1983 - May 12, 1984"The Yellow Rose" adapted from the folk song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" John Wilder adapted the folk song "The Yellow Rose of Texas: by Jerrold ImmelYesJohn WilderJohnny Lee, Lane Brody"The Yellow Rose"John WilderInstrumental only
The Young PioneersWestern / dramaTo hear the theme from The Young Pioneers, please click hereDominic Frontiere
The Young RidersWestern / dramaSeptember 20, 1989 - July 23, 1992 To hear the theme from The Young Riders, please click hereJohn DebneyInstrumental onlySame as opening themeJohn DebneyInstrumental only
Tombstone TerritoryWestern / dramaOctober 16, 1957 - July 8, 1960 "Whistle Me Up a Memory"William M. BackerYes William M. BackerWilliam M. Backer or Jimmy Blaine
TrackdownWestern / historical crime dramaOctober 4, 1957 - September 23, 1959To hear the opening theme from Trackdown, please click here. William Loose and John SeelyInstrumental only To hear the closing theme from Trackdown, please click here.
Trail Blazers TheaterWestern / juvenile
Trigger TalesWestern / drama
TumbleweedWestern / drama1959
Two Faces WestWestern / dramaOctober 17, 1960 - July 11, 1961To hear the theme from Two Faces West, please click here

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Union PacificWestern / dramaSeptember 27, 1958 - June 13, 1959To hear the opening theme from Union Pacific, please click hereTo hear the closing theme from Union Pacific, please click here
United States Marshal (see The Sheriff of Cochise)Western / 20th century crime dramaOctober 11, 1958 - May 12, 1960To hear the opening theme from United States Marshal, please click hereRay Ellis (from "Shoot to Kill" 1959 - "High Fence" 1960Instrumental OnlyTo hear the closing theme from United States Marshal, please click here

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Wagon TrainWestern / dramaSeptember 18, 1957 - May 2, 1965)To learn about the themes for Wagon Train, click hereJack Brooks, Sammy Fain, Jerome Moross, Henri Rene, Stanley WilsonInstrumental Only "(Roll Along) Wagon Train"Sammy FainYesJack BrooksJohnny O'Neill
Walker, Texas RangerNeo-Walker / dramaTo hear the opening theme #1, please click here.To hear the opening theme #1, please click here.
To hear the opening theme#2, please click here.
To hear the opening theme "Eyes of a Ranger," please click here.
To hear a montage of all of the themes, please click here.
Jerrold Immel (September 24, 1994 - December 17, 1994)
Tirk Wilder
YesTirk WilderChuck NorrisTo hear the closing theme for Walker, Texas Ranger, Seasons 1-2, please click here.

To hear the closing theme for Walker, Texas Ranger Season 3, please click here.
To hear the ending credits for Walker, Texas Ranger (2005), please click here.
To hear the closing credits from the final episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, please click here.
Jerrold Immel (September 24, 1994-December, 15, 1994)
Tirk Wilder
Same as opening creditsTirk WilderChuck Norris
Wanted: Dead or AliveWestern / dramaSeptember 6, 1958 - March 29, 1961To hear the opening theme from Wanted: Dead or Alive, please click hereHerschel Burke GilbertInstrumental OnlyTo hear the closing theme for Wanted: Dead or Alive, please click hereHerschel Burke GilbertInstrumental only
Western UnionWestern / drama
Which Way'd They GoWestern / comedyApril 1, 1960
WhiplashWestern / dramaSeptember 10, 1960 - June 10, 1961 "Whiplash"Edwin AstleyYes Edwin Astley Frank Ifield
Whispering SmithWestern / crime dramaMay 8, 1961 - October 30, 1961To hear the theme from Whispering Smith, please click hereRichard ShoresInstrumental OnlyTo hear the closing theme of Whispering Smith, please click hereRichard ShoresInstrumental only
Wichita TownWestern / dramaSeptember 30, 1959 - April 6, 1960To hear the theme from Wichita Town, please click hereInstrumental Only
Wide CountryWestern / 20th century dramaSeptember 20, 1962 - April 25, 1963To hear the theme from Wide Country, please click hereJohn WilliamsInstrumental Only
Wild West C.O.W. - Boys of Moo MesaWestern / juvenile animated September 12, 1992 - December 4, 1993 Billy Dean & Verlon ThompsonYesTo hear the closing theme for Wild West C.O.W. - Boys of Moo Mesa, please click here
WildsideWestern / dramatic mini-seriesMarch 21, 1985 - April 21, 1985 To hear the theme from Wildside, please click herePaul BestInstrumental Only

WranglerWestern / dramaAugust 4, 1960 - September 15, 1960
Wynonna EarpWestern / horrorApril 1, 2016 to presentTo hear variations on "Tell That Devil" (Version 1, Version Version 2), please click desired versionJill Andrews, Emery DobynsTo see the lyrics, please click here

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
Yancy DerringerWestern / dramaOctober 2, 1958 - June 4, 1959To hear the theme from Yancy Derringer, please click hereInstrumental Only
YellowstoneWestern / 21st century dramaJune 20, 2018 - presentTo hear "Yellowstone Theme" from Yellowstone, please click hereBrian TylerInstrumental Only
Changes
Young Daniel BooneWestern / frontier dramaSeptember 12, 1971 - October 4, 1977Earl HagenYesLaurence (Larry) Weiss
Young MaverickWestern / comedyNovember 28, 1979 - January 30, 1980To hear the theme from Young Maverick, please click hereDavid ButtolphInstrumental Only

 

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TitleGenreOriginal Viewing DatesName of Opening ThemeOpening Theme Composer(s)Opening Theme LyricsOpening Theme Lyricist(s)Opening Theme Performer(s)Name of Closing ThemeClosing Theme Composer(s)Closing Theme LyricsClosing Theme Lyricist(s)Closing Theme Performer(s)
ZorroWestern / dramaOctober 10, 1957 - July 2, 1959, October 30, 1960 - April 2, 1961
George BrunsYesNorman FosterTo hear the closing theme, please click hereGeorge BrunsInstrumental only
ZorroWestern / comedy January 5, 1990 - January 30, 1993 Yes
Zorro and SonWestern / comedyApril 6, 1993 - June 1, 1993George BrunsYes Variation of Norman Foster's lyrics

 

 

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