50 years of Living Western Brought to you by Cavender’s: 1974

  • Don Gay of Mesquite, Texas wins the first of his 8 consecutive PRCA bull riding world titles
  • Little House on the Prairie starring Michael Landon & Melissa Gilbert debuts on NBC
  • Blazing Saddles, a satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder was nominated for three Academy Awards
  • In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States
  • Dolly Parton leaves Porter Wagoner’s band to embark on solo career and has four #1 hits including Jolene
  • Miller Lite was introduced with popular slogan “tastes great, less filling”
  • Hesston sponsors National Finals Rodeo telecast; they create belt buckle to commemorate the event
Don Gay; Credit - ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Don Gay; Credit – ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Don Gay NFR Bull Riding; Credit – ProRodeo Hall of Fame