Beginning with the early musical short features he created, such as his "Silly Symphonies," Walt Disney began a tradition of publishing printed music for all the songs his musical films made popular. His firm eventually formed its own publishing house and then even its own record company to continue this practice. Disney's sheet music was typically simple to learn and play, which made it more appealing to his generally young audiences.
Disney's musical influence on popular culture during the 20th century took many forms. In the 1950s, the firm's television miniseries "Davy Crockett" gave birth to a hit theme song, "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," which charted at number one and which endured for decades afterwards. The series also inspired a fad for coonskin caps as play costumes for children, inspired by the cap the series' title star wore.