On 9th of January 1959 the TV show Rawhide was first shown on the CBS channel in the USA. It was to become extremely popular and make a star of one of its main characters played by Clint Eastwood.
The show was set in the US of the 1860s, after the turmoil of the Civil War, and was set around those who drove the cattle across the immense land for sale to the growing cities.
The trail boss was Gil Favor , played by Eric Fleming.
Rowdy Yates, played by Clint Eastwood, was young and at times impetuous in the earliest episodes. He becomes the trail boss in season 8.
The excellent theme tune was composed by Russian born Dimitri Tiomkin, and given a wonderful reprise in The Blues Brothers.