Jim gave us directions for his prompt today, "North, South, East, West." A lot of songs came to mind, and I’ll probably use them this coming week on Song of the Day, unless someone else uses them today.
Johnny Horton (who has a great name) had a relatively short career, from 1952, when he released his first song, "The Rest Of Your Life," until 1960, when he died in an auto accident. Most of his hits were on the Country chart, where ten of his songs reached the Top 10, but had a couple of songs cross over to the Hot 100, most notably "The Battle of New Orleans," which was a #1 hit on both the Country chart and the Hot 100. Two other songs of his were Top 10 hits on both the Country chart and the Hot 100, both in 1960: "Sink The Bismark" (#6 Country, #3 Hot 100) and today’s song, "North To Alaska," which was the theme song for the movie starring John Wayne. It reached #1 on the Country chart and #4 on the Hot 100.
The lyrics are in the video, along with some excellent artwork and spectacular photographs.
And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for March 8, 2020.