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

Went to bed last night and completely forgot about this. Sorry!

Country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk singer Johnny Horton was born on this day in 1925. His most popular songs had a historical bent to them: in addition to "Battle of New Orleans," he recorded "Sink The Bismarck" and "North To Alaska," the latter being used in the 1960 movie of the same name starring John Wayne. He died in a car accident in November 1960, just 35 years old. "Battle Of New Orleans" went to #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Country chart in 1959.

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

  1. My family made guitars in the 50s – 70s for country music people….some of my family knew him from the business. I heard this song all of my life.

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      1. Well they went out of business before I got older…if the men would have let my aunt do the finances…they probably would have lasted…they were compared to Martin.

        If you have read it then I apologize…but here is something I wrote on the company if you get really bored…the guitars are worth a fortune now.

        https://powerpop.blog/2018/06/17/gower-guitars/

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        1. I’ve actually heard of Gower guitars and just never made the connection. I Ducked “gower guitars” and found all kinds of good articles about them.

          There always has to be one left-brained individual to do the books and watch the bank accounts, and it sounds like that was your aunt. I’m sorry Gower Guitars is out of business…

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          1. It was back in the time when the men were not going to let a lady to that…just dumb. My dad admitted it also later.
            Their little recording studio brought in a lot of people like Joe South and Percy Sledge. I remember walking in the studio but that is it.

            I gotta finish that guitar I started.

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  2. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
    And we met the bloody British in the town of New Orleans

    As I’m sure you know, the Battle of New Orleans was fought after the peace had been signed.

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