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Lone Ranger

Hi Ho Silver!

Hi Yo Silver!

What was his call?

The Lone Ranger ran on TV from 1949 to 1957, and was famous for his cry to his faithful horse, Silver. What exactly was that call? Many remember it as "Hi Ho Silver!", and there's plenty of examples of this on the internet today, but in fact the original was "Hi Yo Silver".

The adventure began on the radio in 1933, made the move to short movies in 1937, and came to television in 1949, each time repeating the story of our hero wandering round the 1880's wild west doing good and righting worngs.

"A fiery horse with a speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty ‘Hi-Yo, Silver!’. . . The Lone Ranger!"

Who was that masked man?

There's a deliberate mystery about the identity of the Lone Ranger which has been a part of the story since the raido shows. His last name is given as Reid, but his first was never mentioned. Later, he was confusingly supposed to have benn given several names, none of which stuck. These included Allen King, Bill Andrews, Luke Hartman  and sometimes John Reid. If you want to remain anonymous but still blend in where necessary, having multiple names this way is a great alternative to never being pinned down to any real one ;-)

The obvious use of "Hi Ho" is in Jeff Beck's famous 1967 track "Hi Ho Silver lining", where the use of "Silver" shows it's a nod to the Lone Rarnger's saying.

Also Jim Diamond's "Hi Ho Silver" from the 1986 TV show Boon makes it clear for the same reason:

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Seven dwarfs

The other place "Hi Ho" features prominently is in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which could add to the confabulation.

Here's the theme from the TV show which makes it clear what it's been all along: