Number 43: The High Chaparral
Written by David Rose, an incredibly prolific TV theme composer, born in London, and also Judy Garland’s first husband (from 1941 to 1945). His most famous composition was perhaps The Stripper.
They used music well on the show and I watched it avidly as a youngster because it was all very homosocial, all about the men in the Cannon and Montoya families: Big John, Uncle Buck, Blue Boy, and Manolito. Only years later did I find out that “Chaparral” is a woody shrub that grows in those desert lands. I had thought it was Spanish for Chapel.