Radio Mans fave with Johnny Horton


The Battle of New Orleans

John LaGale Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Initially performing traditional country, Horton later performed rockabilly songs.[1] He is best known for a series of history-inspired narrative country saga songs that became international hits. His 1959 single “The Battle of New Orleans” was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.[2] The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America‘s “Songs of the Century“. His first No. 1 country song was in 1959, “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below)“.

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  1. North to Alaska. Sinking of the Bismarck. Battle of New Orleans. I have a vague memory of my dad telling me (age 9ish) about the historical events behind those songs.


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