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The Rebel

Title Card - THE REBEL

ABC Network
1959 - 1961
Drama
30 Minutes

Nick Adams starred as Johnny Yuma, an ex-Confederate Army private who roamed the post Civil War West of the late 1860s in search of a new life.

Born in the town of Mason, Johnny aspired to be a writer. His mother died when he was young. At the age of 15, Johnny ran away from home and joined the Confederate Army. At the end of the Civil War, Johnny became a drifter. He still wore his rebel cap and uniform proudly.

As he roamed through the west, Johnny carried a diary (his "Book") in which he  recorded his thoughts and adventures. Johnny  rides the horse that belonged to this late father, Ned Yuma, a marshal killed in the line of duty. Also in his possession was his father's scattergun.

Like his father, Johnny had a strong sense of justice and helped those in need as he traveled from town to town.

Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma - THE REBEL


Listen to Theme Song

Theme Song Lyrics

The Ballad of Johnny Yuma
(by Andrew J. Fenady and Dick Markowitz)

Away, away, away rode the rebel, Johnny Yuma.

Johnny Yuma, was a rebel,
He roamed, through the west.
And Johnny Yuma, was a rebel,
He wandered alone.

He got fightin' mad,
This rebel lad,
He packed his star as he wandered far
Where the only law was a hook and a draw, the rebel.

(Away, away, away rode the rebel.)

Johnny Yuma, was a rebel,
He roamed, through the west.
And Johnny Yuma, was a rebel,
He wandered alone.

He searched the land,
This restless lad,
He was panther quick and leather tough
Cause he had figured that he'd been pushed enough, the rebel.

(Away, away, away rode the rebel.)
Johnny Yuma.

Johnny Yuma, was a rebel,
He roamed, through the west.
And Johnny Yuma, the rebel,
He wandered alone.

He was fightin' mad,
This rebel lad,
With a dream he would hold until his dying breath
He would search his soul and gamble with death.

Away, away, away rode the rebel, Johnny Yuma.


Nick Adams as Johnny Yuma - THE REBEL


Memorabilia


TRIVIA NOTE: The series theme song "Johnny Yuma" was sung by Johnny Cash (a.k.a., "The Man in Black"). Elvis Presley sang the theme for the series pilot, but it was never used.

A close friend of film actor James Dean ("Rebel Without a Cause"), Nick Adams died in Beverly Hills, California from an drug overdose.

Obituaries: Nick Adams: 02/07/1968.


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