How is it…


that I heard Johnny Horton’s “Battle of New Orleans” and “North to Alaska” a hundred times but never heard this song of his until yesterday?

Hopefully Craig didn’t have sing that one in cadence on battalion runs!
 

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11 responses to “How is it…

  1. Esli

    I frequently heard that song on the oldies station on the drive home from Fort Myer back in the late 80s. Not completely historically accurate, but a good song nonetheless. When I was in Kosovo in 2000, our TF SOCCE LNO told me he could get any CD I wanted in 48 hours. I asked for Johnny Horton’s greatest hits, thinking that was pretty obscure, but sure enough, he had it, complete with appropriate cover art, etc, the next day. If it wasn’t original, it sure looked like it.

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    • I don’t think I’d ever heard this.

      But when I was little (long before I’d even met Esli!) I had the 45 of Battle of New Orleans/North to Alaska. I played it over and over and over, until my mom “accidentally” broke it.

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  2. Johnny Horton was big on those history-themed ballads. Dozens of them. You might like “Jim Bridger” or “Battle of Bull Run.” One of my other favorites is Comanche – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWevSHrbiA

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  3. crazyhorse13

    Then you’ve never heard the Blues Borthers version either?

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  4. A German Destroyer pulled into NORVA in ’74 while Sylvania was having her Galley redone by the Puget Sound crew and I spent some time with at the Bowling Alley with several of the crewmen. I was the only German Speaker they had encountered so we spent a pretty good evening together while I watched them learn the American Style of Bowling (Kegeln as they called it). What I didn’t know, but found out from the girl that became my wife several months later, the band at the EM club had struck up “Sink the Bismarck.” She said events got real interesting, real fast.

    I must say that I’m surprised you never heard the song until this week.

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  5. James Tomberlin

    I remember the song from when I was about 12 yrs, old. It came out about the same time as the movie, but wasn’t part of it. Another good Johnny Horton number was “(You Fought All the Way) Johnny Reb”.

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  6. Buck Buchanan

    It gets regular rotation on my IPod….good stuff.

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