Johnny Horton

~ Person

Legal name: John Gale Horton


For other meanings see Johnny Horton (disambiguation).

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)".

During 1960, Horton had two other successes with "North to Alaska" for John Wayne's movie, North to Alaska and "Sink the Bismarck". Horton is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1959 The Spectacular Johnny Horton 2
1960 Johnny Horton Makes History 1
Battle of New Orleans 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1961 Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits 3
1971 The World of Johnny Horton 5 1
1989 American Originals 1
1991 Johnny Horton 1956-1960 1
1991 The Singing American 1
1992 America Remembers... Johnny Horton 1
1994 Rockin' Rollin' Johnny Horton 1
1996 Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960 1
1998 The Early Years 1
1999 16 Biggest Hits 1
2005 Country Legend 1
2012 North to Alaska and Other Great Hits: The Early Album Collection 1
2012 The Essential Recordings 1
The Johnny Horton Legend 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1956 I Don't Like I Did / I'm a One-Woman Man 1
1959 The Battle of New Orleans / All for the Love of a Girl 1
1960 North to Alaska / The Mansion You Stole 1

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