Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. The first known observance of a Memorial Day-type observance was in Charleston on May 1, 1865.
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the United States during this time in 1955, according to a report by Billboard magazine. The publication stated that if the sales of all versions of the song were all added up, more than 18 million copies were sold within six months.
The first recording of the song was made by Bill Hayes, quickly followed with versions by Fess Parker and Tennessee Ernie Ford, a bluegrass single by Mac Wiseman and a contemporary version exists of the western singing group the Sons of the Pioneers.