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Battle Of New Orleans

Buck Billo and Maxi have some with the Johnny Horton tune about the final battle of the War of 1812.
Although he had a regular job on the Hayride, Horton’s recording career was going nowhere — none of his Mercury records were selling, and rock & roll was beginning to overtake country’s share of the market place. Horton’s fortunes changed in the latter half of 1955, when he hired Webb Pierce’s manager Tillman Franks as his own manager and quit Mercury Records. Franks had Pierce help him secure a contract for Horton with Columbia Records by the end of 1955. The change in record labels breathed life into Horton’s career. At his first Columbia session, he cut “Honky Tonk Man,” his first single for the label and one that would eventually become a honky tonk classic. By the spring of 1956, the song had reached the country Top Ten and Horton was well on his way to becoming a star.

“Honky Tonk Man” was edgy enough to have Horton grouped in on the more country-oriented side of rockabilly. Wearing a large cowboy hat to hide his receding hairline, he became a popular concert attraction and racked up three more hit singles — “I’m a One-Woman Man” (number seven), “I’m Coming Home” (number 11), “The Woman I Need” (number nine) — in the next year. However, the hits dried up just as quickly as they arrived; for the latter half of 1957 and 1958, he didn’t hit the charts at all. Horton responded by cutting some rockabilly, which was beginning to fall out of favor by the time his singles were released.

In the fall of 1958, he bounced back with the Top Ten “All Grown Up,” but it wasn’t until the ballad “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below)” hit the charts in early 1959 that he achieved a comeback. The song fit neatly into the folk-based story songs that were becoming popular in the late ’50s, and it climbed all the way to number one. Its success inspired his next single, “The Battle of New Orleans.” Taken from a 1958 Jimmie Driftwood album, the song was a historical saga song like “When It’s Springtime in Alaska,” but it was far more humorous. It was also far more successful, topping the country charts for ten weeks and crossing over into the pop charts, where it was number one for six weeks. After the back-to-back number one successes of “When It’s Spring Time in Alaska” and “The Battle of New Orleans,” Horton concentrated solely on folky saga songs. “Johnny Reb” became a Top Ten hit in the fall of 1959, and “Sink the Bismarck” was a Top Ten hit in the spring of 1960, followed by the number one hit “North to Alaska” in the fall of 1960.

Around the time of “North to Alaska”‘s November release, Horton claimed that he was getting premonitions of an early death. Sadly, his premonitions came true. On November 4, 1960, he suffered a car crash driving home to Shreveport after a concert in Austin, TX. Horton was still alive after the wreck, but he died on the way to the hospital; the other passengers in his car had severe injuries, but they survived. Although he died early in his career, Horton left behind a recorded legacy that proved to be quite influential. Artists like George Jones and Dwight Yoakam have covered his songs, and echoes of Horton’s music can still be heard in honky tonk and country-rock music well into the ’90s.

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  1. grammaelvis
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:38 | #1

    fantastic ya’ll my …
    fantastic ya’ll my money’s on maxi too have a happy easter

  2. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:39 | #2

    Thanks so much …
    Thanks so much Dianne

  3. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:40 | #3

    LOL, thanks much.
    LOL, thanks much.

  4. sjkalsc
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:40 | #4

    I really enjoyed …
    I really enjoyed this song. Had to listen to it twice already!! Thanks a lot for sharing and **************************s

  5. JoshWMusic1
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:41 | #5

    Great job, however …
    Great job, however I hope you didn’t fight with your resident Brit.

  6. arthurleino
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:41 | #6

    Great song I have a …
    Great song I have a squirrel gun and you can really give them well…..! 5******

  7. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #7

    Thanks Frank! LOL …
    Thanks Frank! LOL It wasn’t a fair fight!

  8. allshookup77
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #8

    That was fun! You …
    That was fun! You all did a terrific job on this song. I thought Maxi was about to give you two another battle at the end of this song (lol)… my money is on her (lol)! Well done folks, I enjoyed this history lesson very much! … FrAnK (?????)

  9. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #9

    Me too thanks John, …
    Me too thanks John, I think there were a few Canadians in this battle. LOL

  10. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #10

    That’s what happens …
    That’s what happens when she puts herself between us! Easy target! LOL

  11. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #11

    Well thanks Gord, …
    Well thanks Gord, all we could get out of the sucker is one good shot then he was shot! LOL THANKS

  12. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #12

    Have you ever tried …
    Have you ever tried doing the song Jerry? It is a tough one. LOL Thanks.

  13. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #13

    Hi Patricia, it is …
    Hi Patricia, it is getting a little late there isn’t it? Thanks.

  14. CountryWesternGal
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #14

    Hello Friends…… …
    Hello Friends…….
    Outstanding Performance 5/5
    Great Tune And Really Lovely Upload :))
    Really Lovely Pickin Guys……
    -=Luv From Your Friend Patricia]=-

  15. jc6154
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #15

    good to see you …
    good to see you guys,great job on this,this was Mom’s all time fav. song.Thanks-5 STARS-jERRY

  16. bownessgord
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:42 | #16

    Great one my …
    Great one my friends. Although Billo’s Alligator would be pretty impressive I sure would not want to have to reload it too often.
    Have a great week Buck
    Thanks Gord and Jody

  17. jtls8
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #17

    Great job all***** …
    Great job all*****You still pickin on Maxi:))

  18. IDIDieselJohn
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #18

    Fantastic job y’all …
    Fantastic job y’all!!

    Love this song!

  19. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #19

    LMAO, your right …
    LMAO, your right Rupert and the British were “Proper” fighters we wanted to win come hell, high water, or hiding behind trees! LOL

  20. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #20

    It is a tongue …
    It is a tongue twister several time and the timing has to be perfect. LOL Thanks Max.

  21. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #21

    For sure thanks so …
    For sure thanks so much.

  22. joeoli1
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #22

    One of my fave ” …
    One of my fave “tongue in cheek” country numbers!
    Thanks for sharing

  23. stewballmax3
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #23

    Say There
    Buck, …

    Say There
    Buck,Billo & Maxi…

    I have this old 45 rpm hangin’ upon my wall among the other hit singles from 1955-1970. It is a fun one to sing for sure…an the three of you have only fortified my theory. Exquisite job,folks….not an easy one for sure…loved the asides.


  24. rupertsteel
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #24

    A really superb …
    A really superb performance of this great song. I must point out that this was not a fair fight……we were sitting ducks in those red uniforms!! (but hey didn’t we look smart!!?) 5+ stars & all best wishes to you guys – we forgive you boys!!

  25. buckandbilloshow
    April 1st, 2010 at 21:43 | #25

    LOL Hi Val, she …
    LOL Hi Val, she stands up for the Brits right or wrong! LOL Thanks.

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