Directed by Wisconsin native son Don Weiss. Writer Louis Heyward was a head writer for the Ernie Kovacs Show, and Elwood Ullman was a scribe for The Three Stooges. Susan Hart, the actress in the invisible (black velvet) bikini was married to James Nicholson, one of the producers.
NBC’s western series Bonanza debuted on September 12, 1959 and ran until January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series (behind Gunsmoke), and within the top 10 longest running, live-action American series. It continues to air in syndication. (Wikipedia)
He lay face down in the desert sand Clutching his six-gun in his hand Shot from behind, I thought he was dead But under his heart was an ounce of lead A spark still burned so I used my knife And late that night I saved the life of Ringo