Happy Independence Day / Song of the Day #2049

Song of the Day: Bonanza (“Main Theme”) was composed by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for this iconic Western TV series, which starred Lorne Greene and Michael Landon. Not a typical Western, the show is celebrated for its fearless opposition to racism, antisemitism, and bigotry. Its compassionate and humane motifs are worth celebrating on this Independence Day, along with those precious rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The NBC show ran from 1959 to 1973, sporting a memorable theme known even by those who have never seen it. This song was orchestrated by David Rose and arranged by Billy May. Check out the instrumental version and the vocal version sung by Lorne Greene [YouTube links].

Oh, and not even a rain delay could stop Miki Sudo and Joey Chestnut from taking home the Hot Dog Yellow Mustard Belt at Nathan’s! Unbelievable!

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