On this day in music history: March 26, 1955 - “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” by Bill Hayes hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 5 weeks. Written by George Bruns and Thomas W. Blackburn, it is the biggest hit for the singer and actor from Harvey, IL. The song is written as the theme for the hit TV mini series starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The song and the television show becomes instant pop cultural phenomenons. Its popularity is so great that it inspires numerous cover versions after Hayes’ hits the charts by Tennessee Ernie Ford, Mac Wiseman, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and Davy Crockett star Fess Parker. At the time that Hayes’ version of the song is on the charts there are two other competing versions of “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” in the Top 30 at the same time. Actor Fess Parker records his own version of the song, released by Columbia Records in the Spring of 1955, peaking at #5 on the Best Sellers chart on May 21, 1955. Bill Hayes’ original version of “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.