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The Ballad of Davy Crockett

May 28th Celebrates The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on May 28th 1955, “Billboard” reported that “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was the most popular song in the U.S.

Who wrote this infamous song?

“The Ballad of Davy Crockett” is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Thomas W. Blackburn.
The song was introduced on ABC’s television series Disneyland, in the premiere episode of October 27, 1954.

Fess Parker is shown performing the song on a log cabin set in frontiersman clothes, accompanied by similarly attired musicians. The song would later be heard throughout the Disneyland television miniseries Davy Crockett, first telecast on December 15, 1954.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (warholsoup100), gives you the song version of Davy Crockett that came out on May 28th 1955.

When George Bruns and Thomas Blackburn came up this the catchy tune they were both artists working at Disney Studios.

There were actually three versions released close together: one by actor Fess Parker, this one by actor/singer Bill Hayes, and one by singer/actor Tennessee Ernie Ford (most memorable today as “Cousin Ernie” from the TV series I Love Lucy). Since Hayes’ version went #1, we’ll award the crown to him.
Davy Crockett was real person, not something Walt Disney and his staff created.

He was as a noted frontiersman, soldier and politician, who served in the Texas Revolution and died at the battle of the Alamo.

He also served as a member of the US House of Representatives for two terms, Tennessee’s 9th district 1827-1831, and Tennessee’s 12th district 1833-1835. OK, we’ll grant you that, kind of like an early American frontier Chuck Norris, the tales about him got a little tall – we’ll forgive you if you’re skeptical about ursine slaughter at age three.

But he was a real man whose real signature is on real US government documents and whose real ashes are somewhere in the Alamo vicinity (Santa Anna was sloppy with his grave-marking), and even has a real town in Texas named after him.

As we celebrate how on May 28th 1955, “Billboard” reported that “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was the most popular song in the U.S.

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