‘Golden West’ and ‘Tomorrow’ Themes

I’ve received quite a few requests regarding the incidental music from The Virginian – specifically two favorite tunes used regularly throughout the series. ‘Golden West’ and ‘Tomorrow’ were originally composed for Wagon Train by the Academy Award winning composer John Williams. Frederick Herbert added the lyrics. The song ‘Golden West’ was originally sung by Ann Blyth on the Wagon Train episode “The Jenny Tannen Story” (2:38). You can view the footage on You Tube.

The Virginian adopted ‘Golden West’ primarily as piano music in saloon scenes and ‘Tomorrow’ as background dance music. Recently I was informed by Elisabeth from my comments board that these themes are available on a new MP3 album of Wagon Train music.  The arrangements are different to those used on The Virginian but this is the only album I’m aware of that features them. You can listen to short excerpts from ‘Golden West’ and ‘Tomorrow’ on the Amazon site.


Author: PGreen

Published work in U.S.A. for McFarland & Co. Inc. : A History of Television’s The Virginian 1962-1971 (2006, 2009 Softcover edition) Pete Duel : A Biography (2007, 2009 Large Print edition; Kindle edition) Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns (2009) Jennifer Jones : Life and Films (2011)

7 thoughts on “‘Golden West’ and ‘Tomorrow’ Themes”

  1. Thanks! The ‘Golden West’ tune was also used several times on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ (another Revue show). It was more of a “rock and roll” version, if you can imagine that! One episode it was used in was as the theme song for the tv show Beaver appeared on in the episode ‘Beaver on TV’.

    1. Yes Bob it’s interesting to see where these themes turn up. I’ve heard various arrangements in films and TV episodes by Revue-Universal. I wish I could recall each time I heard them.

  2. Wish I could find piano sheet music for “ Tomorrow “, beautiful song, heard it on The Virginian.

  3. I believe a woman sings it to James Drury in a saloon, too. Possibly in The Exiles episode. There is an episode of The Virginian where a woman sings to him and that music is used in other episodes. Bonanza has nice waltz music too!

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