This is just a preview! That first "Bonanza" single didn't exactly hit the mother lode, but in early 1961, Al Caiola's rousing rendition United Artists 302 rode into the nation's top 20.
All four "Bonanza" co-stars turned up on records during the show's 14-year prime-time run, though only Greene reached significant hit status.
However, it may come as a surprise to some people that the song itself had some rarely-heard lyrics and changed throughout the run of the show.
In 1962, Johnny Cash took the song and rewrote the lyrics with Johnny Western.
Once the show became a hit, at least a dozen different versions of the theme song were recorded and lyrics were added once again.
Even within the opening credits of the show itself, the song evolved over fourteen seasons.
Hoss and Joe and Adam know every rock and pine, no one works, fights, or eats, like those boys of mine.
George of the Jungle6.
Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—as well as blues, folk, and gospel.
In a televised bio of Michael Landon, a brief "Bonanza" clip ran where all four Cartwrights - Little Joe Landon , Ben Lorne Greene , Adam Pernell Roberts and Hoss Dan Blocker - took a turn singing a verse of the show's theme song.
Description: With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, we planted our family tree We got hold of a pot full of gold, Bonanza.