Rock and Roll?
Rock and Roll was not ushered in by the Baby Boom generation of which I am a founding member (born 1946). No, Rock and Roll came about through the courageous endorsement of our brothers and sisters who are often neglected or forgotten due to the thunderous and overwhelming arrival of the Baby Boomers at the conclusion of WWII.
But enough about that! The point is – when did the Boomers first assert themselves in the world of vinyl? Elvis? Bill Haley? Any number of Doo-Wop Groups? Hardly. Sure – even at the tender age of say 8 or 9 years old – we may have mimicked our older siblings lead – latching on to those vintage rock n rollers – but fact is – we weren’t even drawing an allowance during that long-ago time – and 45’s cost one buck back then!
But everything took a turn in 1955 when – even at that young age – we first stepped up to the plate and demonstrated our sheer numbers influencing the hit record charts.
Non other than “The Ballad of Davy Crockett”! With Walt Disney’s Television series came the release of several versions of Davy’s theme song: Tennessee Ernie had a version – Fess Parker had a version but the biggie was by Bill Hayes: All the way to number 1 in February of 1955 remaining there for 5 weeks. Parker’s version would rise to number 5 as would Ernie Ford’s. Yes – this was the first Baby Boomer hit record. We borrowed money from our siblings – We begged our parents to purchase a copy. We all sang along – We wore coonskins caps – and we were glued to the TV set each week right up to that moment in time when Davy went heroically down giving them “what fer”!