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Johnny Horton (April 30, 1925November 4, 1960) was an American country music singer who was most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs". With them, he had several major crossover hits, most notably in 1959 with "The Battle of New Orleans" which won the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. The song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 was named number 333 of the Songs of the Century. In 1960, Horton had two other crossover hits with "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska". is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Battle of New Orleans is a song, written by Jimmy Driftwood and popularized by country music singer Johnny Horton, based on Andrew Jacksons exploits at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording was awarded from 1959 to 1968. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Songs of the Century list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. ... Sink the Bismark is a song, written by country music singer Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks, based on the pursuit and eventual sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May of 1941. ... North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic western directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Stewart Granger. ...


Horton was also a rockabilly singer, and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock n’ roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...

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Career

Horton was born John Gale Horton in Los Angeles but raised in the town of Rusk in east Texas. His family trekked back and forth from California often as migrant fruit pickers but always returned to the Rusk/Gallatin area in East Texas. After graduation from Gallatin High School in 1944, he attended on a basketball scholarship the Methodist-affiliated Lon Morris College (then called "Lon Morris Junior College") in Jacksonville, Texas, the oldest junior college in the state. Although he did not graduate from Lon Morris or any other college, he later attended Seattle University. Thereafter, he worked in California and Alaska. He returned to Texas and won a talent contest hosted by then-radio announcer Jim Reeves at the Reo Palm Isle club in Longview, the seat of Gregg County, and soon starred in the popular Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana. He remained a member of the Hayride until his death. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Rusk is a city located in Cherokee County, Texas. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The Methodist movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity. ... Lon Morris College Lon Morris College is a private junior college located in Jacksonville, Texas, United States, and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. ... Jacksonville is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Longview is a city in Texas, United States, located between Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA. The population was 73,345 at the 2000 census. ... Gregg County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... The Louisiana Hayride was a radio broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States that during its heyday from 1948 to 1960 helped launch the careers of the some of the greatest names in American music. ... , : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ...


In September 1953, he married Billie Jean Jones, who, in late 1952, had also been married to the late country music star Hank Williams, for two and a half months prior to his death. Horton's first marriage to Donna Cook ended in a divorce granted in Rusk. With Billie Jean, Johnny had two daughters, Yanina (Nina) and Melody. Billie Jean's daughter, Jerry, was also part of the family. Horton was killed instantly while he was returning home from a performance in Austin (Skyline Club) in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Highway 79 at Milano, Texas. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... It has been suggested that Audrey Williams be merged into this article or section. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Drunk driving (drink driving in the UK) or drinking and driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (i. ... Milano is a city located in Milam County, Texas. ...


There is no truth to the rumor that Horton was on his way to Dallas to meet actor Ward Bond about a role on the NBC television series Wagon Train. Bond was in Dallas at the time attending a football game. Bond died of a heart attack in Dallas just hours after Horton perished in the vehicular accident. A "Horton" did appear on Wagon Train: the actor Robert Horton, who portrayed the fictitious scout "Flint McCullough." Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 - November 5, 1960) was an American film actor. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... For the TV show, see Wagon Train. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Robert Horton (born July 29, 1924), a prominent American television actor, was most noted for the role of Flint McCullough in the TV series Wagon Train (1957-1962). ...


Johnny Horton is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton east of Bossier City. He loved fishing as much, if not more, than singing and was once billed as "The Singing Fisherman." His favorite fishing holes abound through the Piney Woods of East Texas and northern Louisiana. Haughton is a town located in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. ... Bossier City is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, USA. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 56,461. ...


Today, on peer-to-peer networks and the website last.fm[1] as a result of these incorrect peer-to-peer listings, many songs with racist titles and content are falsely attributed to him. Many of them are done instead by the singer Johnny Rebel. A peer-to-peer (or P2P) computer network is a network that relies on the computing power and bandwidth of the participants in the network rather than concentrating it in a relatively few servers. ... Last. ... The cover of a Johnny Rebel album. ...


Coincidences

  • Johnny Horton reportedly had experienced premonitions several months before his own death about the possibility of dying in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. He always said that if he was in a head-on situation to drive into the ditch. His accident took place on a bridge so there was no ditch to head for.
  • Also in connection with these premonitions, a story circulates that Horton, known to detest musicians who drank, had agreed to send his friend Merle Kilgore a message from beyond the grave. Ten years later, Kilgore heard from a group of psychics from New York of an apparition in a cowboy hat, whose message was "the drummer is a rummer and he can't keep the beat." (recounted in "The View From Nashville" by Ralph Emery)
  • Both Horton and Hank Williams were married to the same woman at the time of their death, and played their last shows at the Skyline Club.
  • Both Horton and Hank Williams died in Cadillacs.

It has been suggested that Audrey Williams be merged into this article or section. ...

Top 40 Country Hits

Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits

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References

  1. ^ Johnny Horton's page at last.fm
  • Escott, Colin. (1998). "Johnny Horton". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 247-8.

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Johnny Horton Biography (330 words)
Johnny Horton will probably be forever linked with New Orleans, but he had a fair amount of songs in the country and rockabilly idioms before unexpectedly dying at the age of 35.
Horton’s first record contract was in 1951 with Cormac and later on the Abbott label, moving in 1952 to Mercury Records.
Horton married Billie Jean Williams, Hank Williams’ widow, in 1953 but she became a country star’s widow a second time when Horton was killed in an auto accident November 5, 1960.
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