Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nightfall from the Lone Ranger TV Series

Music early in life.  Beside the William Tell Overture, there is a haunting piece of background music for the Lone Ranger television show that has been running through my head for at least sixty years.  It is called "Nightfall". I recall laying facedown in my bed taking an afternoon nap one day when I was three or four. As I wake up, I hear this music from the Lone Ranger playing in the living room on our first television.  Young children try to make sense of the world about them.  I thought this piece of music was telling some kind of story or conveying some kind of important meaning that I would learn about when I was older.  There is a moment of stealth and caution. The music also conveys the idea of a continuation of something in time, on and on. 






We had this football.  We had it in 1955 when we lived on the plains in Oklahoma.





3 comments:

E Reed said...

Hi Mr. Allison,

Thank you. I am 70 years old and grew up watching the Lone Ranger. I remember my Grandfather listening to the radio program when I was very young. For years I have been been searching for the music from the Lone Ranger TV Series and you have provided it for me. "NIghtfall" is my favorite song from the series; where did you find it? Also, do you know how to locate the other songs from the series?

Thanks,

E. Reed

Steve Allison said...

Dear E Reed,

I've tried the web site where I found the music but it no longer seems to work. Now wish I had downloaded each and every piece. I'll keep looking.

There is an interesting book titled "Mystery of the Masked Man's Music : A Search for the Music Used on 'the Lone Ranger'" by Reginald M. Jones. It is available at Amazon. Turns out, that much of the music was rapidly composed and then performed and recorded in Mexico in order to get around copyright laws.

E Reed said...

Hi Mr. Allison,

Thanks for the response. I believe I am familiar with that same site you are mentioning. I had download the site and had it on my "favorites." I lost the site when I had to take the computer into the shop (forgot to back up my files). I, also, have been looking for the site but to no avail. I did see the book but wonder if it will give an indication where to acquire the music. In hind sight I wish I had asked the person who had the music where they had found it.

E. Reed

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