Billboard #1 Hits: #15: “The Battle Of New Orleans”- Johnny Horton. #1 June 1, 1959- 6 weeks. Released on Columbia Records. Written by Jimmy Driftwood. Genre: Pop. Time: 2:33. B-side:”All For The Love Of A Girl.” Grade:A.
“The Battle Of New Orleans”- by Johnny Horton- of all the #1 hits in the late 50’s this is probably the one I remember hearing first. The song was written by an American folk singer- Jimmy Driftwood. “The Battle Of New Orleans”- was ranked at the end of 1959 the #1 hit of the year. The song tells the story of the Battle Of New Orleans- from the War of 1812- from the perspective of an American soldier. The single wasn’t as popular in the UK where it only reached #16 on the chart. Horton won the Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Recording.
Johnny Horton was a country music artist. His three big crossover hits were- “The Battle Of New Orleans”-“Sink The Bismarck”#3 and “North To Alaska” #4 Horton was married in 1953 to the second wife of Hank Williams . Horton was killed in a traffic accident in 1960 at the age of 35.