Today in TV history: Rawhide premieres
The TV Western Rawhide debuted on Jan. 9, 1959, and ran until 1966. I never watched this show, so I don’t have much to say about it. When I hear “rawhide,” I think of rawhide chew toys for dogs. But I certainly have heard the theme song, sung by Frankie Laine, and I’ll bet you have too.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Rawhide:
Set in the 1860s, Rawhide portrays the challenges faced by the men of a cattle drive. There are 20-25 riders looking after 3,000 head of cattle…. The typical Rawhide story involved drovers, portrayed by Eric Fleming (trail boss Gil Favor) and Clint Eastwood (ramrod Rowdy Yates), coming upon people on the trail and getting drawn into solving whatever problem they presented or were confronting. Sometimes one of the members of the cattle drive or some of the others would venture into a nearby town and encounter some trouble from which they needed to be rescued. Read more
Video: Opening theme, Rawhide