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Johnny Horton


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Los Angeles, United States (1925 – 1960)

John Gale “Johnny” Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American country music and rockabilly singer most famous for his semi-folk, so-called “saga songs” which began the “historical ballad” craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably in 1959 with the song “The Battle of New Orleans” (written by Jimmy Driftwood), which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America’s “Songs of the Century”.

During 1960, Horton had two other successes with “North to Alaska” for John Wayne’s movie, North to Alaska, and “Sink the Bismarck”. Horton is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Johnny Horton had several top ten songs in the late 50’s and early 60’s and was on the verge of becoming one of the top stars of the 60’s when he met with tragedy.

He was born John Gale Horton in Los Angeles in 1925. He was raised in Tyler, Texas. Horton worked in the fishing industry in Alaska and California, and attended Seattle University. He worked for a while as a carpenter, and played basketball at Baylor University. He worked at a local radio station in East Texas and at the Hometown Jamboree in California. He did some recording with little success for the Abbott, Mercury, and Dot labels and picked up the nickname the Singing Fisherman. Horton became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride.


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  • sayheyheyhey

    I confess... Alex Jones and Infowars brought me here. :)

    25 Feb 5:22pm Reply
  • TCovatti

    "I Hate Niggers" I guess you people are looking at the wrong Johnny Horton...

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • wowspeak

    I"m a Honky Tonk Man! :) Stop by for a free download,

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • wildtony40

    happy brithday.

    1 May 2013 Reply
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  • No_Obligation

    "I Hate Niggers" sounds pretty good :3

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • johnnyamor

    Love the music of Johnny Horton, and have played the album my grandmother gave me for one of my birthdays when I was either eleven or twelve years old. Cried when he died, and still have his album. No record player to play it on, and in todays tough times not enough money to spend for any luxiouries. My retired husband went back to work to feed us. Wish I could buy his music here, but my sweet husband really, really gets upset if I spend money for extras, like music, etc. Maybe in a few months when I have earned a little of my own money. I am in a program for diabetes, which I have, and it takes me about 3 mths to earn fifty dollars. Then I can buy some of Johnny's music here that I can play, I hope. Have a CD player at least, from a few years ago. Johnny is my favorite singer of all time.

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    Lovers Rock

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
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  • CadillacJack

    people, the ship was named Bismarck, not Bismark :P

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Another one of my favorite artists from the 'baby boomer' generation. Played his songs every morning before attending school. Oh what memories. God bless~!

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • izrox

    my fav song is 'the battle of new orleans'

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • YunLaySpring

    I like music country

    23 Dec 2009 Reply


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  • KejosSS

    sink that bismarck!!

    2 Feb 2009 Reply
  • PopeAustin

    for you johnny reb, and all that you believe

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • DirtyC1978

    I grew up listening to Jonny Horton. My dad was a big fan. Now every time I hear him. I go back about 25 years. Love it!

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Richex

    I'm north of the border,yet this a good song....among many that I'v heard on the radio...Johnny Horton

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • cor3y

    ya fought all the way johnny reb johnny reb, yeah ya fought all the way johnny reb

    13 Oct 2008 Reply
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