“Sink the Bismark” (later “Sink the Bismarck”), a song written by Johnny Horton and Tilman Franks, was recorded by Johnny Horton for the Columbia label, on January 7, 1960, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, Johnny Horton was accompanied in the recording session by: Grady Martin (guitar), Hank Garland (guitar), Tommy Tomlinson (steel), Joseph Zinkan (bass) and Buddy Harman (drums). With the production of Don Law, the song was released on January 18, 1960. R
The song “Honky-Tonk Man” was written by Johnny Horton, Tillman Franks and Howard Hausey, and recorded for the first time by Johnny Horton on 11 January 1956, released as a single in March of the same year. It reached #9 on the U.S. country singles charts. In its 1961 reissue it reached #11 , also on the U.S. country singles charts.
The lyrics of the song are narrated in the first-person (“I’m a honky-tonk man”), describing a life of drinking and dancing with young women in honky-tonk bars; t
"North to Alaska" is a 1960 hit song recorded by Johnny Horton which featured in the movie of the same name. Though Horton had sung several popular movie tie-in songs, this was the first one that was sung over the opening titles.
The song's lyrics during the opening titles of the film provide a back story for the point where the film begins: Sam McCord left Seattle in 1892 with George and Billy Pratt, "crossed the Yukon river" and "found the bonanza gold below that old white mountain just a li
"Johnny Reb" is a Confederate soldier's song written in 1959 by Merle Kilgore and popularized by Johnny Horton
Johnny Reb or Johnny Rebel is the national personification of the Southern states of the United States, or less generally, the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Patriots used Johnny Reb and his Union counterpart Billy Yank to symbolize the common soldiers in the American Civil War of the 1860s.
Johnny Reb is usually pictured in gray wool uniform with the typical kepi-style fora
"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboa
Johnny Horton - The Electrified Donkey.
This song is by Johnny Horton and appears on the Compilation Rockin' Rollin' Johnny Horton (1981).
John Gale "Johnny" Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American country music and rockabilly singer most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major successes, most notably during 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (wri
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