Turns out, he played both of them: Crockett in a 1955–56 Disney miniseries (which I wouldn't have known about, being only two years old) and Daniel Boone in a regular TV show from 1964 to 1970 (that's the one I was thinking of).
But . . . who were they? And what was the difference between them?
|Davy Crockett by |
J. G. Chapman (c. 1839)
Here's "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" (1955) for your listening . . . pleasure? (Curiously, I know not why, it's a pop American ear worm, for people of a certain age. I may have been too young for the TV show, but I sure am familiar with the song. Maybe some show at Disneyland?)
|The only portrait painted in |
his lifetime, at the age of 85
and shortly before his death,
by Chester Harding
His legend was established in part by a 1784 account by historian John Tilson in the book The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke, which made him famous in Europe as the typical all-American frontiersman and found popularity in the United States as well. After his death he was the frequent subject of tall tales.
|Illustration of Boone's |
ritual adoption by the Shawnee,
from Life & Times of
Col. Daniel Boone,
by Cecil B. Hartley (1859)
And there you go: more than you, or I really, ever wanted to know about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.