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1950s

The backstory of TVs huge hit, Bonanza (1959-1973)

Few people thought “Bonanza” would last long, but the mythical Ponderosa, the father image of Lorne Greene, Blocker’s gentle giant, the other larger-than-life inhabitants and the horseback morality plays they participated in, will glow on tubes around the world for years to come.

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1950s

Gunsmoke opening credits (1955)

Adapted from the long running radio program of the same name, this popular western was the backbone of CBS’ Saturday night programming for 12 years, before anchoring the Monday night shows for its final four seasons.

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1940s

Thelonious Monk altered the language of jazz (1982)

“Thelonious,” a tune from his very first Blue Note session, had verses fashioned from a single ingeniously hammered note, with three horns playing shifting dissonances behind it. He developed the one-note motif in his solo and then abruptly broke into some pure, old-fashioned Harlem oompah stride.

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