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Episode 24 – The Davy Crockett Craze

by Rod Wheaton on August 25, 2014

Davy Crockett

“Born on a Mountaintop in Tennessee…”

Hi to all my fellow Disney Geeks!  Come join me on my show this week as we talk about a long-time favorite: Davy Crockett and the Davy Crockett craze of 1955!  To this day few people realize what an unprecedented and phenomenal success Davy Crockett was for the Walt Disney Studios, or what  a truly ground-breaking  entertainment accomplishment it became.  The theme song (come on, you know you started humming it  when you read that first line!) stayed at the top of the billboard charts for over 10 weeks, schools shut down so kids could go see Fess Parker appear in parades; two U. S. House of Representatives engaged in a heated debate over the right to claim Davy as their own, and in a time when the U.S. population was only about 165 million, the first 2 episodes of Davy Crockett got over 50 million views!  All the while over 2 Billion dollars worth of Crockett merchandise sold in only 6 months!  All in all not only was it a big hit, but even today remains a personal favorite for so many because of the wild, buckskinned hero at the center of it, Davy Crockett!

Are you a Crockett fan?  Do you have it on DVD?  Is it still a favorite?  Leave me a comment in the comment section below!

Rod Wheaton

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