King of the Wild Frontier

The nickname of the frontier explorer/Indian fighter Davy Crockett who died at the Alamo.

king-of-the-wild-frontierThe Walt Disney Studio’s resurrected this backwoods character in a series of adventures starring Fess Parker as Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his sidekick, George Russell. “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” intoned the lyrics “Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.”

“I’m half-horse, half-alligator and a little attached with snapping turtle. I’ve got the fastest horse, the prettiest sister, the surest rifle and the ugliest dog in Texas. My father can lick any man in Kentucky… and I can lick my father. I can hug a bear too close for comfort and eat any man alive opposed to Andy Jackson.” — Davy Crockett Goes to Congress

The three original episodes which started the Davy Crockett craze in the 1950s were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter(12/15/54); Davy Crockett Goes To Congress (1/26/55); and Davy Crockett At The Alamo (2/23/55).

Due to popular demand, the Disney studios produced additional programs that chronicled Davy Crockett’s earlier adventures.

Theme Song Lyrics

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,
Greenest state in the land of the free.
Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree,
Killed him a bear when he was only three.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.

Fought single handed through the Injun war,
Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was restored.
And while he was handling this risky chore,
Made himself a legend, forevermore.

Davy, Davy Crockett the man who don’t know fear.

He went of to Congress and served a spell
Fixin’ up the government and laws as well.
Took over Washington, I heard tell,
And patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell.

Davy, Davy Crockett, seein’ his duty clear.

When he come home, his politickin’ was done,
While the western march had just begun.
So he packed his gear, and his trusty gun
And let out a grinnin’ to follow the sun.


Note: Born in 1786 near Green County, Tennessee, the real Davy Crockett was reputed to have killed a bear when he was only three years of age.

He served as US Representative for the state of Tennessee from 1827-31 and 1833-35 and then went to Texas to fight and die in the battle of the Alamo that raged from February 24th to March 6, 1836.

In the 1990s, the Kentucky Headhunters, a Grammy winning country rock band reprised “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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