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The Ballad Of Davy Crockett – Tennessee Ernie Ford

This track by Tennessee Ernie Ford spent four weeks in the UK top 10 in 1956.

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This week in 1956, The ballad of Davy Crockett by Tennessee Ernie Ford reached its highest position of number 3 in the UK singles chart. It had entered the top 20 two weeks previously at number 11 and broke into the top 10 a week later. After one week at its peak position, the song stayed in the top 10 for another two weeks, one of them in the top 5, and then fell to number 14 for the final two weeks of its chart life.

The ballad of Davy Crockett was released on the Capitol record label and was the last of three top 10 hits for Tennessee Ernie Ford in the UK. The original version of the song was recorded by the Wellingtons in 1954 for the television series Davy Crockett.

Three other versions of the song entered the UK chart in 1956. Max Bygraves took his version to number 20, a recording by Dick James reached number 14 and Bill Hayes took the most successful version to number 2.

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UK singles chart for the week ending 28 January 1956

  1. Sixteen tonsTennessee Ernie Ford

  2. The ballad of Davy CrockettBill Hayes

  3. The ballad of Davy CrockettTennessee Ernie Ford

  4. Love and marriageFrank Sinatra

  5. Love is a many-splendored thingFour Aces

  6. (Love is) the tender trapFrank Sinatra

  7. Rock-a-beatin’ boogieBill Haley and His Comets

  8. Rock around the clockBill Haley and His Comets

  9. Rock Island lineLonnie Donegan

  10. Sixteen tonsFrankie Laine with the Mellomen

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