One of the biggest hit singles of the rock era was recorded by country singer/songwriter/guitarist, Johnny Horton. Johnny was born on April 30, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, raised in Tyler, Texas.
In 1959 his recording of…THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ruled the Pop and Country charts in the USA. On April 27, 1959 his huge million-seller made its Billboard Hot 100 debut. The single on Columbia Records became a #1 hit on the Hot 100 and remained at #1 for 6 weeks. The single remained on the Hot 100 for 21 weeks. It was a huge cross-over hit, as…THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS became a #1 C&W hit…remaining at #1 for 10 weeks. Johnny Horton was all over the radio….pop, c&w…THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS won Grammys for: Song Of The Year and Country Record Of The Year. The record became a Hall of Fame selection.
The flip-side of the single was…ALL FOR THE LOVE OF A GIRL a beautiful ballad…one of his most touching vocals of all time, the single did not chart, but after one listen, you’ll ask why didn’t it?
Johnny Horton was married to Billy Jean Horton, widow of Hank Williams, from 1953 until he died in a car crash in November of 1960, at the age of 35. The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS PROUD TO PRESENT BOTH SIDES OF THIS 1959 RECORDING BY THE LEGENDARY, JOHNNY HORTON.
Till the next time—Joe