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March 26, 1955 – “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” Hits Number 1 on the Billboard Hit Parade Ballad

“Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free, raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree, killed him a bear when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.”

On March 26, 1955, the theme song of the “Davy Crockett” serial “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” hit number one on the Billboard Hit Parade, and remained on the chart at the top position for sixteen weeks. The single was written by George Bruns and Tom Blackburn, and was recorded by Bill Hayes. Although it was soon recorded two other times, once by Davy Crockett actor Fess Parker and the other time by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hayes’ version of the song was the most popular. The song, one of the most popular songs every from a Disney production, has been covered many times since then, although not with nearly as much success as the first recording.

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