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.