Country Hero

Country Hero

by Johnny Horton


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Country Hero

Best known for his various narrative "historical" songs like "The Battle of New Orleans," Johnny Horton was also an accomplished honky tonk singer, where his rockabilly background gave his early tracks for Columbia Records a pronounced punch. This two-disc set includes the best of those early sides, including Horton's classic 1956 version of "Honky Tonk Man," a record that still sounds fresh and vital some 50 years later (Dwight Yoakam's hit cover of the song simply reproduces Horton's original template for it, thus proving the point), and the almost as classic "I'm a One Woman Man," but the later narrative hits like "North to Alaska" and "The Battle of New Orleans" (a song originally written by Jimmie Driftwood, which in turn was based on the melody line to the old fiddle tune "The 8th of January") were Horton's bread and butter, and all of them are included here. There are a couple of fine Horton tracks absent, though, like the wry "(I Wished for an Angel) The Devil Sent Me You" and the clattering, zippy "Big Wheels Rollin'," but the gist of Horton's legacy is here. Horton was no pretender in the honky tonk realm (he even married Hank Williams' widow, after all), and this compilation is perfect evidence of that.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2012
Label: Legacy
UPC: 5051503209129
catalogNumber: 2091

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Horton   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Horton   Composer
Claude King   Composer
Moon Mullican   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Dave Burgess   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Carl Adams   Composer
Autry Inman   Composer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Scotty Harrell   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Tommy Blake   Composer
Eddie Manney   Composer
Donnie Bowshier   Composer
Vernon Claud   Composer
Howard Hausey   Composer
Eddie Hazelwood   Composer
Eddie Hall   Composer
Jerry Organ   Composer
Billy Jones   Composer
Amos Boyd   Composer
Horton   Composer

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