A bit after the Civil War ended, a man was shot while traveling out of a town and then left for dead. The head would caused him to loose his memory, and now he travels through the west under the assumed name of Shenandoah trying to discover who he is, he takes various odd jobs along the way to support himself and has encounters with people who try to kill him, gets entangled with crooks while trying to foil their schemes and more. The theme song is sung by Richard Horton who plays Shenandoah.

A Man Called Shenandoah - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1965-09-13

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“Oh Shenandoah” (also called simply “Shenandoah” or “Across the Wide Missouri”) is a traditional American folk song of uncertain origin, dating to the early 19th century. The song appears to have originated with Canadian and American voyageurs or fur traders traveling down the Missouri River in canoes, and has developed several different sets of lyrics. Some lyrics refer to the Oneida chief Shenandoah and a canoe-going trader who wants to marry his daughter. By the mid 1800s versions of the song had become a sea shanty heard or sung by sailors in various parts of the world. The song is number 324 in the Roud Folk Song Index.

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The song is popular in local organizations such as Shenandoah University, Southern Virginia University, Washington and Lee University, and the Virginia Military Institute. In 2006 “Shenandoah” was proposed as the “interim state song” for Virginia, with updated lyrics. The proposal was contentious because the standard folksong refers to the Missouri River, and in most versions of the song the name “Shenandoah” refers to an Indian chief, not the Shenandoah Valley or Shenandoah River which lie almost entirely in Virginia. In 2015, “Our Great Virginia”, which uses the melody of “Shenandoah” was designated by the Virginia Legislature as the official traditional state song of Virginia. It features in the soundtrack of the 1965 movie, Shenandoah, starring Jimmy Stewart, and is also heard as a part of a medley in the 1962 film How the West Was Won. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Various arrangements by Percy Grainger have been recorded by John Shirley-Quirk and other classically trained singers. “A song of the waters: variations on the folksong Shenandoah” is a classical composition by James Cohn. At least one version was arranged by Leslie Woodgate.

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