JOHNNY HORTON Biography - Musicians


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Name: Johnny Horton                                                             
Birth name: John Gale Horton                                                     
Born: 30 April 1925 Los Angeles, California                                     
Died: 5 November 1960                                                           
Genre: Country music                                                             
Occupation: Singer                                                               
Notable instrument: Guitar                                                       
Johnny Horton (April 30, 1925 - November 5, 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 won the 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".                             
Horton was also a rockabilly singer, and was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall   
of Fame.