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Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

 

Released: 04/06/2004
Label: DRG Records Inc.

The title and cover art of this release is misleading for Gene Autry fans until they read the starburst text, “And Gene Autry Western Adventures.” The first two tracks of this nostalgic collection are from Gene Autry’s children story records from Columbia Records. Gene Autry at the Rodeo, originally released in 1950, tells the tale of Gene wrestling cattle, bucking broncos, and of course, singing at the Rodeo. Features a supporting cast, the Cass County Boys, and musical arrangements by Carl Cotner. Champion (The Horse No Man Could Ride), originally released in 1949, is the story of Champion, jam-packed with action and western color. Boys (and lots of girls, too) from seven to eleven will love this story about their cowboy hero, Gene Autry, and his famous horse. The other 11 tracks are not by Gene, but you might enjoy the songs and adventures about a fellow "born on a mountain top in Tennessee."

Track Listing

  1. Gene Autry at the Rodeo (12:03)
    (Story & Lyrics by Henry Walsh, Arranged by Carl Cotner)
    Gene Autry with Cass County Boys
    Orchestra conducted by Carl Cotner
  2. Champion (The Horse No Man Could Ride) (12:18)
    (Story by Henry Walsh & Peter Steele, Music by Carl Cotner)
    Gene Autry with Orchestra conducted by Carl Cotner
  3. Davy Crockett - Indian Fighter (11:46)
    Fess Parker & Buddy Edsen
    Orchestra conducted by George Burns
  4. Davy Crockett Goes to Congress (10:45)
    Fess Parker & Buddy Edsen
    Orchestra conducted by George Burns
  5. Davy Crockett at the Alamo (13:41)
    Fess Parker & Buddy Edsen
    Orchestra conducted by George Burns
  6. Ballad of Davy Crockett (1:42)
    Fess Parker
  7. I Gave My Love (Riddle Song) (2:15)
    Fess Parker
  8. Be Sure You're Right (Then Go Ahead) (2:40)
    Fess Parker & Buddy Edsen
    Orchestra conducted by George Burns
  9. Old Betsy (Davy Crockett's Rifle) (2:10)
    Fess Parker & Buddy Edsen
    Orchestra conducted by George Burns
  10. Farewell (3:00)
    Fess Parker
  11. I'm Lonely My Darlin' (Green Grow the Lilacs) (2:01)
    Fess Parker
  12. King of the River (1:57)
    Fess Parker with Norman Luboff Orchestra & Choir
  13. Yaller Yaller Gold (2:33)
    Fess Parker with Norman Luboff Orchestra & Choir

Notes & Background Information

Producer for Reissue: Dan O'Leary
Mastering: Alan Silverman at ARF! Digital
Production Associate: Jim Kelly

The lyrics from "Farewell" are from a poem written by Davy Crockett in 1835, upon his failure to be re-elected to Congress.

All tracks were originally released on Columbia Records with the following selection number and year: Track 1: MJV 90 in 1950; Track 2: MJV 62 in 1950 (Tracks 1-2: Reissued on compilation CL 677 in 1956); Tracks 3-5: CL 666 in 1955; Tracks 6-7: Single 40449 in 1955; Tracks 8-9: Single 40510 in 1955; Tracks 10-11: Single 40450 in 1955; and Tracks 12-13: Single 40568 in 1955.

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