Fess Parker – The Ballad of Davy Crockett

100 Greatest Western Songs of All Time ! It 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.

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Fess Parker - The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Cover Single Fess Parker Columbia 1955
Fess Parker – The Ballad of Davy Crockett, is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Thomas W. Blackburn. It 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 familiar refrain of “Davy, Davy Crockett” is heard throughout the song, which sings of the man’s praises. The song would later be heard throughout the Disneyland television miniseries Davy Crockett, first telecast on December 15, 1954. This version was sung by The Wellingtons. Parker played the role of Davy Crockett in the miniseries and continued in four other episodes made by Walt Disney Studios. Buddy Ebsen co-starred as George “Georgie” Russel, and Jeff York played legendary boatman Mike Fink.
Fess Parker - The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Single Bill Hayes Cadence 1955
Archie Bleyer, the president of Cadence Records, heard the song on the ABC telecast (December 15, 1954) and called Bill Hayes that night to gauge his interest in recording it. The next day, Hayes (vocals), Al Caiola (guitar), and Art Ryerson (guitar) recorded it in one take at an RCA studio in Manhattan. Other versions by Fess Parker and Tennessee Ernie Ford (recorded on February 7, 1955) quickly followed. All three versions made the Billboard magazine charts in 1955: Hayes’ version made number 1 on the weekly chart (from March 26 through April 23) and number 7 for the year, Parker’s reached number 6 on the weekly charts and number 31 for the year, while Ford’s peaked at number 4 on the weekly country chart and number 5 on the weekly pop chart and charted at number 37 for the year. A fourth version, by bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman, reached number 10 on the radio charts in May 1955. The song also reached number 1 on the Cash Box chart, from March 26 through May 14, 1955. A contemporary version also exists by Western singing group the Sons of the Pioneers. Over ten million copies of the song were sold. Louis Armstrong also recorded the song in 1968.




In the United Kingdom, Hayes’ version reached number 2 in the New Musical Express chart; Ford’s version achieved number 3, and a version by UK singer Max Bygraves reached number 20. Several other British artistes recorded versions in 1955 and 1956, including Billy Cotton, Gary Miller, Ronnie Ronalde, and Dick James. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

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Fess Parker – The Ballad of Davy Crockett lyrics

He was born on a mountain top in tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew every tree
Killed himself a bear when he was only three
Davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
He was a cardfan man
His life was worthy
He had love in his hands
And his hands were dirty
And the sky turned to fire
On the day of his birth
Now he lost his love and his grief was gall
In his heart he wanted to leave it all
And lose himself in the forest tall
But answered instead his country’s call
Davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
He was a mighty big man
In a mighty big land
Had a mighty big heart
And mighty big hand
When his country called
He met the demand
Fought single-handed through the injun war
Till the creeks was swept and peace was in store
And while he was handlin this risky chore
Made himself a legend forevermore
Davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
At night he walked to the woods alone
Winding his beard
Way back home
A hero’s curse, a man alone
Looking for a place where the air smells clean
Where the tree is tall and the grass is green
Where the fish is fat in an untouched stream
And teemin’ woods is a hunter’s dream
Hey, davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
He was a big, big man
Davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
He sure loved those woods
Davy, davy crocket
King of the wild fronteer
Mmm, davy!

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Fess Parker - The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Single Fess Parker Capitol 1954
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