Great American Heroes

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Great American Heroes is a straight reissue of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Abe Lincoln and Other Great American Heroes, a 1964 album by Fess Parker devoted to Johnny Horton-esque historical folk songs about figures from early American history. Low on historical accuracy but loads of fun, all of these songs make their subjects sound like Paul Bunyan. Since Bear Family routinely cross-licenses material for their CDs, it would have been nice if they had added some of Parker's '50s recordings for Columbia including his hit version of "Ballad of Davy Crockett". The Great American Heroes album alone is awfully brief in light of the high price tag, but the fidelity and packaging ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Great American Heroes is a straight reissue of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Abe Lincoln and Other Great American Heroes, a 1964 album by Fess Parker devoted to Johnny Horton-esque historical folk songs about figures from early American history. Low on historical accuracy but loads of fun, all of these songs make their subjects sound like Paul Bunyan. Since Bear Family routinely cross-licenses material for their CDs, it would have been nice if they had added some of Parker's '50s recordings for Columbia including his hit version of "Ballad of Davy Crockett". The Great American Heroes album alone is awfully brief in light of the high price tag, but the fidelity and packaging is first-rate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/1996
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127161130
  • Catalog Number: 16113
  • Sales rank: 161,578

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fess Parker Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Bobby Bruce Violin
Morty Corb Bass
Frank Flynn Percussion, Timpani, Mallets
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Milt Holland Drums, Mallets
Carol Kaye Guitar
Ronald Langinger Flute
William (Billy) Lee Background Vocals
Neil Levang Guitar
Gene Merlino Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Earl Palmer Drums
Richard Perissi French Horn
Ray Pohlman Guitar
Thurl Ravenscroft Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Joe Reisman Leader
Jackie Ward Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alton Hendrickson Guitar
William Hinshaw French Horn
Ian Freebairn-Smith Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Alan Davies Choir, Chorus
William F. "Bill" Reeve Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Betty Allen Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Sara Jane Tallman Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Donald Robertson Piano
Technical Credits
Joe Reisman Producer
George Bruns Composer
Rebecca Everett Mastering
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Producer
Dave Samuelson Illustrations
Birgit Schneider Artwork
Bob Allen Liner Notes
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