Before podcasts, before CDs, even before cassette tapes, there were read-along records. These were usually 7-inch discs, and they came in a sleeve at the back of a reader. You would read the book, while listening to the record.
They always started like this:
Often the first side would end like this:
Sometimes it was just a story. Sometimes there was a song as well, as on this Disney disc, which was all about Davy Crockett, he of the coon-skin cap.The King of the Wild Frontier, they called him, which is a bit of an odd title when you think about it. A wild frontier doesn’t have a king. If it did, it wouldn’t be wild or a frontier; it would be a settled monarchy. But let that pass.
The story side is a bit lame, but the song is good. “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was the theme to the TV show about the K of the WF. It is performed by The Wellingtons who, I discovered, were a real band. They also recorded the theme to Gilligan’s Island, were back-up band to Jan and Dean, and toured with The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. In short, they could play.
This song is lyrically a tad trite, but for a theme song to a kids’ TV series, it goes well.
- Artist: The Wellingtons
- EP Title: Walt Disney’s Story Of Davy Crockett
- Track: Side B “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”
- Format: 7”, 33⅓ rpm
- Label: Disney, 360
- Manufactured in: United States
- Year: 1971
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