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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Ballad of Davy Crockett 
Answer/Pointer: The original two stanzas of the blockbuster song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" went as follows: Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, Greenest state in the Land of the Free. Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier. In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose, addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes. Now Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows so he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes. Dvy, Davy Crockett King of the wild frontier. "Crockettmania" swept the country by storm, launching an astonishing marketing phenomenon that Disney used to full advantage. Everywhere you went, there were coonskin hats (a presidential candidate, Sen. Estes Kefauver from Tennessee, even used it as his campaign symbol), jeans, lunch buckets, and hundreds of Davy Crockett-imprinted items. Time Magazine estimated that, within months, more than $100 million in Davy Crockett merchandise had been sold. "The Ballad of Davy Crocket" spent more than six months on the Hit Parade, was recorded on more than 200 record labels around the world, and sold more than ten million records. 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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