Music Monday: The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Most people can hum parts of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett." It is pretty catchy. It was written in 1954 by George Bruns (lyrics) and Thomas W. Blackburn (music) for a miniseries called Davy Crockett that premiered on the 1950s Disneyland television series. The miniseries starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett became a hit. The song was just as popular as Davy Crockett's coon skinned hat.
The theme song for the miniseries was sung by the folk group, The Wellington's. Several other artist would record their own versions including Bill Hayes, Fess Parker, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. They would all enter the 1955 Billboard music charts at different times and break through the Top 10.
Last week, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes attraction at Disneyland made its last trip around the Rivers of America before a long but temporary closure. It will be closed for at least a year in preparation of the infrastructure and work that needs to get done for the much anticipated Star Wars themed land. The River needs to be drained so it affects all the attractions that utilize the River.
I just wanted to share this fun photo of my friend, Duke, who is pictured below. Duke loves his job as he is some sort of "king of the wild frontierland." I love this photo because it captures Duke's passion for the River and making sure his crew always has a good time while on his canoe. When this attraction comes back, be sure to ask that you get on Duke's canoe.