Johnny Horton

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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 in 1959 with the song "The Battle of New Orleans" (written by Jimmy Driftwood), which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. 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 hit, a number 1 song in 1959, was "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)".

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Selected Johnny Horton film and TV show credits.

Soundtrack Credits

True Detective (2014) (TV Show)

The Marty Stuart Show (TV Show)

Neal Cassady (2007)


In Country (1989)

Desert Hearts (1985)


Ozark Jubilee (TV Show)


The Dick Clark Show (1958) (TV Show)

Ozark Jubilee (TV Show)

New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) (TV Show)

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (TV Show)

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List of top 10 songs by Johnny Horton.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
The Battle Of New Orleans 1959 56,685
Battle Of New Orleans 1992 101,489
I'm A One Woman Man 1956 455,850
Johnny Reb 1987 160,416
Sink The Bismark 1991 152,782
Sink The Bismarck 1987 180,304
Lover's Rock 1994 217,352
All For The Love Of A Girl 1959 212,395
I'm Coming Home 1992 205,653
Whispering Pines 1987 254,174
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

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First NameJohnny
Last NameHorton
Full Name at BirthJohn Gale Horton
Other Namesthe Singing Fisherman
Age35 (age at death)
Date of BirthApril 30, 1925
BirthplaceLos Angeles, CA
Date of DeathNovember 5, 1960
Location of DeathMilano, Texas, USA
Cause of Deathcar accident
Hair ColorBrown - Dark
Star SignTaurus
Occupation CategoryCountry Musician
Music GenreCountry
Music StyleHonky Tonk, Traditional Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country Boogie, Pop/Rock, Rockabilly
Music MoodEarnest, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Rollicking, Playful, Bright, Warm, Relaxed, Light, Sentimental, Rustic, Reflective, Pastoral

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