1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Battle of New Orleans recorded by Johnny Horton introduced April 27, 1959
Written by Jimmy Driftwood
Country singer Johnny Horton died in an automobile accident the year after he hit the top of the POP charts in 1959 with The Battle of New Orleans. It was written by Jimmy Driftwood, an Arkansas high school history teacher, who often wrote songs to help students learn about historical events.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"In 1814 we took a little tripů we caught the bloody British... in New Orleans"