The Littlest Hobo

Written/Composed By: Terry Bush and John Crossen

Performed By London Music Works

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the 1970s, I remember watching quite a couple of television shows about heroic dogs.  There was Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd that lived at a US Cavalry post and helped establish order in the American West.  This show actually aired in the 1950s, but I got to watch the reruns in the 70s. Then there was Run, Joe, Run, a Saturday morning television show that aired on NBC.  This show also featured a German Shepherd in the lead role as a military K-9 Corp. member falsely accused of a crime he didnít commit.  He remained on the run from the military for two years until the show was canceled.  But I had never heard of The Littlest Hobo.

            This television show began as a Canadian series and then made its way to the United States.  In this series, the lead character is a German Shepherd.  Heís a stray animal with a heart, wandering from town to town helping people in need.  Although many people tried to adopt him, this heroic dog prefers the hobo life and would usually be seen walking off on his own at the end of each episode.  The series attracted quite a few actors who would later become Hollywood celebrities, including Al Waxman and DeForest Kelley, otherwise known as Dr. Bones McCoy on the Starship Enterprise to all those Star Trek fans out there.

            Recently, Silva Screen Records announced the release of the theme song of The Littlest Hobo.  I read the promotional material and realized that I had never seen this show, toted as the next generationís version of Lassie.  I was interested in knowing more about the series, but I was even more interested after listening to Maybe Tomorrow

            Anyone who knows country music knows that it is designed to tell the listener a story.  Designed with a country flare, Maybe Tomorrow perfectly describes the theme of the show: ďThere's a voice that keeps on calling me / Down the road, that's where I'll always be. / Every stop I make, I make a new friend, / Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again / Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down, / Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on.Ē 

            The song is catchy and the music has that sense of constant travel to it.  There are two tracks available at Silva Screen, regular and instrumental.  After listening to the regular version of Maybe Tomorrow, I couldnít help but sing along to the instrumental version - thatís how catchy the tune is.  The music inspired me to conduct more research on this show and I was even able to catch a bit of the show on video.  Those of you who remember this show will find this digital release of Maybe Tomorrow a piece of television memorabilia you wonít want to pass up on.


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