Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Johnny Horton, “North To Alaska”


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.

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Johnny Horton, “North To Alaska”

  1. I lived in Alaska in the 90s because my dad was stationed there. It was fun as I got to stay up and played till the sunset at around midnight. That was a huge deal as a 2-year-old.

    The Johnny Horton is song is a great choice!


    1. He had three really good historically oriented songs that were popular on the pop and country charts, but most of his were country, like this one…


  2. Oh yes, I know about all his songs, as we have them and listen quite often. All good. I liked the movie, too, and is one of the first I ever remember seeing. 🙂


  3. I remember “Battle Hymn of New Orleans” and “Sink the Bismarck” but not this one. At first glance I thought this was Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman.” Happy Sunday.


    1. Johnny’s still doing well: he has a dance orchestra, or at least he did. I love the relationship between him and Chuck Connors (their characters, anyway) on “The Rifleman.”

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