"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.