The Ballad of Paladin
"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. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Eddy's flip side was the theme to The Wild Westerners.
|"The Ballad of Paladin"|
|Single by Duane Eddy|
|B-side||"The Wild Westerners"|
|Songwriter(s)||Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe|
|Duane Eddy singles chronology|
It was used heavily in the film Stand by Me.
- Johnny Western recorded the original version in 1958 that was the theme to the television show Have Gun – Will Travel from the second season on. His co-writers were the show's star and creator. Years later, he recorded a parody, "The Ballad of Palindrome", with the western swing and comedy group Riders in the Sky.
- Al Caiola released a version as part of an EP in 1962.
- Faron Young released a version as part of an EP in 1963.
- Duane Eddy, "The Ballad of Paladin" Chart Positions Retrieved April 28, 2014
- Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014.
- Duane Eddy, "The Ballad of Paladin" single release Retrieved April 28, 2014
- Scherman, Tony, Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story, forward by Wynton Marsalis, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C., 1999 p. 176
- Al Caiola, "The Ballad of Paladin" EP release Retrieved April 28, 2014
- Faron Young, "The Ballad of Paladin" EP release Retrieved April 28, 2014
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