The Best Western Movie/TV Show Songs: #9 "Theme from Maverick"
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
August 7, 2016 9:24am CST
I would have selected "The Ballad of Johnny Yuma" from the TV series "The Rebel" but fourwalls included the song on the Johnny Cash list. Many of you will remember "Maverick" (1957-62) which made James Garner a star and remains popular in rerunland. Garner co-starred in the 1994 movie version with Mel Gibson. Garner player gambler extraordinaire Bret Maverick finding action and trouble wherever he goes. That was the basis of this short title song: "Maverick is a legend of the west Luck is the lady he loves best" "Maverick" was composed by Paul Francis Webster and David Buttolph. Lyricist Webster was a three time Academy Award winner whose best known songs are "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" and "Secret Love." Buttolph did the themes for TV western classics "Wagon Train" and "The Virginian." The identity of the male singers is unknown.
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• Preston, England
7 Aug 16
Then there was also Rawhide though its theme was best performed in The Blues Brothers movie
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