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KING DAVY AND FRIENDS
by Time Magazine
Summer's heat waves proved too much for many a coon-skin cap, but Davy Crockett has summer's sound waves well in hand. The "Ballad of Davy Crockett" with a flash sale of some 7,000,000 records seems on the way to the sum­mit of nonseasonal sales. Davy is undisputed King of the Wild Frontier in three cold-cash categories—Popular, West­ern, and Kiddie. And behind the giant strides of Davy came the clowns.
"Pancho Lopez" (Lalo Guerrero; Real), a parody in a Mexican accent that originated on the West Coast, has sold more than 200,000 records:
Born in Chihuahua in 1903
On a serape out under a tree,
He was so fat he could almost not see,
He could eat 12 tacos when he was only three!
Pancho, Pancho Lopez, the pride of old Mexico.
Out of Manhattan's Lower East Side came a Yiddish-speaking frontiersman named Duvid Crockett (Mickey Katz; Capitol), who has also sold more than 200,000 disks:
Born in the wilds of Delancey Street,
Home of gefilte fish and kosher meat,
Handy with a knife, oh herr sach tzi (listen with care),
Flicked (plucked) him a chicken when he was only three!
Duvid, Duvid Crockett, King of Delancey Street.
Hillbilly-humor lovers have already bought more than 110,000 recordings of the month-old "Ballad of Davy Crew-cut" (Homer and Jethro; RCA Victor):
Born in a taxicab in Tennessee, Slowest cab that you ever did see,
"Reprinted by permission from Time, Vol. 66, No. 5, August 1, Copyright 1955, Time Inc."
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