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The Yellow Rose

Title Card - YELLOW ROSE

NBC Network
1983 - 1984
60 Minutes

Set on the 200,000 acre west Texas ranch ("The Yellow Rose") founded by Wade Champion, now deceased, this contemporary western followed the exploits of his offspring's and their struggles with money, lust, and power.

Family members included:

  • Cybill Shepherd as Colleen Champion, Wade's twenty-nine-year-old widow.
  • David Soul as Roy Champion, Wade's son
  • Edward Albert as Quisto Champion, Wade's son, a lawyer.
  • Tom Schanley as Whit Champion, Roy's teenage son
  • Michelle Bennett as L.C. ("Love Child") Champion, Colleen's twelve-year-old daughter.

(Back) Roy, Quisto, Chance (Front) Colleen and Grace

The ranch employees on duty included:

  • Noah Berry, Jr. as Luther
  • Kerrie Keane as Caryn
  • Ken Curtis as Hoyt
  • Sam Elliot as Chance Mackenzie, the newly hired ranch hand (Wade's illegitimate son).
  • Susan Anspach as Grace McKenzie, the ranch's sensual housekeeper.

Entrance to the Champion Ranch

The ranch was formerly owned by Jeb Hollister (Chuck Connors) who named the ranch after his sister Rose Hollister (played by Jane Russell).

Lyrics to 'Yellow Rose of Texas'

There's a yellow rose in Texas, that I am going to see,
Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.
She cried so when I left her, it like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her, we nevermore will part.


 She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, and sing of Rosalee,
But the yellow rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

When the Rio Grande is flowing, the starry skies are bright,
She walks along the river in the quiet summer night:
I know that she remembers, when we parted long ago,
I promise to return again, and not to leave her so.

Repeat Chorus

Oh now I'm going to find her, for my heart is full of woe,
And we'll sing the songs together, that we sung so long ago
We'll play the bango gaily, and we'll sing the songs of yore,
And the yellow rose of Texas shall be mine forevermore.

Repeat Chorus


Colleen and Wade Champion - THE YELLOW ROSE
Colleen and Chance

TRIVIA NOTE: 'The Yellow Rose' series theme music was adapted from the traditional folk song "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Music by Jerrold Earle Immel and lyric by John Keith Wilder.

Obituaries: Edward Albert: 09/22/2006; Ken Curtis: 04/28/1991; Chuck Connors: 11/10/1992;

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