Friday, June 12, 2009

The Singing Fisherman

You may know a few of his songs - "battle of New Orleans", "North to Alaska", "sink the Bismarck", or "honky tonk man".

Johnny Horton was known as the 'Singing Fisherman'. He's one of a number of country music artists who died shortly before I was born, but whose music became the soundtrack to my youth - thanks to my dad's vinyl record collection. Johnny had such a unique sound. It was a bit country, a bit pop, bringing a variety of listeners to tune into his music.

Interestingly enough, Johnny was married to Billie Jean Jones, who was the widow of country music star Hank Williams. Johnny died in November of 1960 in a head-on collision with a drunk driver.

If you know some of his bigger hits, why not check out some you may have not heard, but are still wonderful - like "Comanche (the brave horse)", or "all for the love of a girl". You'll get to hear his great voice shine on these slower songs.

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