Song of the Day: Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans”

Country, honky-tonk and rockabilly singer Johnny Horton would be 96 today. His most famous songs were ballads based on stories from American history, such as "The Battle of New Orleans," which reached #1 on the Hot 100 and Country charts and won the Grammy for Best Country & Western Recording in 1960. At the peak of his fame in 1960, he died in a traffic accident, but had several other posthumous hits.

14 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Johnny Horton, “The Battle of New Orleans”

  1. One of the first songs I ever remember…and now it will be in my head for the rest of the day.

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  2. One of my favorite songs of that era! I was nine when it came out and had just the kind of narrative in the lyrics that I liked.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. I love this song as well as North To Alaska and Sink The Bismark. They are all catchy tunes and ones I label Folk style music. It is such a shame that he died so very young and at the peak of his fame.

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    1. I liked what little of his music I heard. Heaven knows how many more successes he would have had, although I’m afraid the British Invasion would have knocked him off the charts, as it did with so many other acts.

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