1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Johnny Horton (born April 3, 1925)
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: The Battle of New Orleans 1959
He also had hits with Sink the Bismarck and North to Alaska in 1960.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1959-1962 Record Label: Columbia
Johnny Horton recorded three top-ten songs before he was killed in a 1960 automobile accident in Milano, Texas. Born in Los Angeles, he was raised in Tyler, Texas, and worked in the fishing industry in Alaska. Singing country songs on the Cormac label in the early fifties, he picked up the nickname the ‘Singing Fisherman.’ He became a regular on the ‘Louisiana Hayride’ and married Billie Jean Jones, the widow of country music legend Hank Williams. In the late fifties he began to record a series of saga songs that crossed over to the pop charts. He covered Jimmy Driftwood’s The Battle Of New Orleans, a tribute to the final battle of the War of 1812, and his #1 hit version was one of the top-ten hits of the decade. In 1960, he recorded Sink The Bismarck, suggested by the film ‘Sink the Bismarck,’ and then sang the title song for the John Wayne movie ‘North To Alaska’—both made the top-ten.