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"The Ballad of Paladin" is a song written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe and performed by Duane Eddy. The song reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962.[1] Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2] Eddy's flip side was the theme to The Wild Westerners.

"The Ballad of Paladin"
Single by Duane Eddy
B-side"The Wild Westerners"
ReleasedJune 1962
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Producer(s)Lee Hazlewood
Duane Eddy singles chronology
"Runaway Pony"
"The Ballad of Paladin"
"(Dance With The) Guitar Man"

The song was produced by Lee Hazlewood and arranged by Bob Thompson.[3] Drummer Earl Palmer played on the session.[4]

It was used heavily in the film Stand by Me.

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  1. ^ Duane Eddy, "The Ballad of Paladin" Chart Positions Retrieved April 28, 2014
  2. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ Duane Eddy, "The Ballad of Paladin" single release Retrieved April 28, 2014
  4. ^ Scherman, Tony, Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story, forward by Wynton Marsalis, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1999 p. 176
  5. ^ Al Caiola, "The Ballad of Paladin" EP release Retrieved April 28, 2014
  6. ^ Faron Young, "The Ballad of Paladin" EP release Retrieved April 28, 2014