Golden Records was a Simon & Schuster record label based in New York City. It was conceived and founded in 1948 by the Grammy Award-winning children’s music producer, Arthur Shimkin.
Davy Crockett was a five-part serial which aired on ABC from 1954–1955 in one-hour episodes as produced by Walt Disney. The series starred Fess Parker as real-life frontiersman Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his friend, George Russel. It spawned a nationwide craze and millions of dollars in merchandise revenue!
And along the way came the Golden Records The Ballad of Davy Crockett disc:
Can you guess why the label is called Golden Records? It’s a puzzler. I believe this is an original release as it is in the 33 1/3 format. Later rereleases would have been standard 45 rpm speeds and branded under the Little Golden Record label. As such, the sound quality is terrible! Have a listen:
At least you can recognize the tune.
Old items like this are nice little additions to a collection for display purposes only. With digital recordings on the smart phone, there is little reason to suffer through the awful quality recordings that these little pieces of plastic offer!
Or you could go high up on a Tennessee mountain top and throw it off like a frisbee.