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Johnny Horton


His saga songs like “The Fight of New Orleans,” which combine history and country music, catalyzed a musical fad and won him a Grammy Award for Best Country Recording. After senior high school he designed to sign up for the seminary, but decreased out and relocated to Alaska in 1949. He relocated back again to California and worked well at Hollywood’s Selznick Studio room in the mailroom. He received several skill contests in Louisiana, but didn’t see achievement until 1959, along with his ballad “IF IT IS Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below).” He was created in LA, California, the child of sharecropping parents who break up their time taken between California and Tx. He sang the name track for 1960 John Wayne humor traditional western, North to Alaska.

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Full Name Johnny Horton
Date Of Birth April 30, 1925
Place Of Birth Los Angeles, CA
Profession Country Singer
Education Seattle University
Nationality American
Spouse Billie Jean Horton, Donna Cook
Parents John Loly Horton, Ella Claudia Robinson
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording
Star Sign Taurus

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1Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
2In Tillman B. Franks' autobiography, he says Johnny once had a live radio show in Shreveport that was sponsored by Holsum Bread. Johnny would read scripted ads for the bread between songs. He lost Holsum as a sponsor when once, after reading the last line of the ad that said "Holsum Bread is never touched by human hands", he added, "They mix it with their feet".
3According to his manager, Tillman B. Franks, the reason Johnny wanted to get back to Shreveport as soon as possible after the November 4 show at the Skyline Club was that Saturday, November 5, was the opening of duck season in Louisiana. Johnny wanted to be up early that morning. Claude King (famous for recording "Wolverton Mountain") and his brother Perry had set up camp at a place called Hall's Brake, near Ajax, LA, on Friday evening and were awaiting Johnny's arrival to go duck hunting with them. Franks also disputes the story that Johnny was scheduled to meet with Ward Bond, the star of Wagon Train (1957), on the afternoon of November 5 to discuss an appearance on the TV series, calling it "hype". As it turned out, Bond himself died that afternoon of a heart attack after attending a football game.
4In his autobiography "I Was There When It Happened", Tillman B. Franks, Johnny's manager, says James Davis, the drunk driver who ran into Johnny on November 5, 1960, suffered only minor injuries. Some accounts mistakenly claim Davis was killed in the accident along with Johnny. Franks himself was critically injured in the crash (he was in the front passenger seat, next to Johnny, who was driving). Franks says Davis pleaded "no contest" to "murder without malice" several months later, and was given a two year suspended sentence - he served no time in prison.
5Despite being a country-western singer, Johnny didn't like playing at venues which served alcohol. Before his last show at the Skyline Club on November 4, 1960, he told several people he was worried about being hit by a drunk driver while in Austin. As it turned out, he was, but in Milano, Texas, while driving back to Shreveport.
6Made his final public appearance at the "Skyline Club" in Austin, Texas, on Friday night, November 4, 1960, the same venue where Hank Williams made his final public appearance in late December 1952.
7Mentioned alongside Hank Williams (who also was married to Billie Jean Jones at the time of his death) as the two friends whom Tex Ritter meets in his 1961 country song "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven.".
8"The Battle of New Orleans" was a No. 1 hit on both Billboard magazine's country singles and Hot 100 charts for 10 weeks, and was among the top songs of 1959 on both charts.
9Best known for "saga songs", such as "The Battle of New Orleans" and "When it's Springtime in Alaska (It's 40 Below)" (1959), and "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska" (1960).



True DetectiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The Marty Stuart Show2012-2013TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Neal Cassady2007performer: "Honky Tonk Man", "Rock Island Line", "All for the Love of a Girl" / writer: "Honky Tonk Man", "All for the Love of a Girl"
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland2006Documentary writer: "Honky Tonk Man"
Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary1996TV Special writer: "I'm A One-Woman Man"
Sibling Rivalry1990writer: "Honky Tonk Man"
In Country1989writer: "Honky Tonk Man"
Signs of Life1989performer: "Whispering Pines"
Desert Hearts1985performer: "HONKY TONK MAN" / writer: "HONKY TONK MAN"
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special performer: "The Battle of New Orleans"
Hail1972performer: "The Battle of New Orleans"
North to Alaska1960"North to Alaska" / writer: "North to Alaska"
Ozark Jubilee1960TV Series performer - 1 episode



New American Bandstand 19651960TV SeriesHimself
Ozark Jubilee1960TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Ed Sullivan Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself / Singer
The Dick Clark Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
Hometown Jamboree1949TV SeriesHimself (1949)

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Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
The Johnny Cash Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer

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