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John LaGale "Johnny" Horton (April 30, 1925 5 November, 1960), was an American country music and rockabilly singer and musician, best known for his saga ballads beginning with the song "The Battle of New Orleans", which was awarded the 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

The song was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 ranked No. 333 of the Recording Industry Association of America's "Songs of the Century". His first number 1 country song was in 1959, "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)".

During 1960, Horton had two other successes with "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska" for John Wayne's movie, North to Alaska. Horton died in November 1960 at the peak of his fame in an automobile accident, less than two years after his breakthrough. Horton is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
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Johnny Horton - North To Alaska


"North to Alaska" is a 1960 hit song recorded by Johnny Horton which featured in the movie of the same name. Though Horton had sung several popular movie tie-in songs, this was the first one that was sung over the opening titles.

Written by Mike Phillips, "North to Alaska" topped Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart,  reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and eight on Norway Singles Chart.  Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Horton died in an automobile accident shortly after the song was released.

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Johnny Horton - Yellow Rose Of Texas


"The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional American folk song.

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.Several versions of the song have been recorded, including by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson  and Mitch Miller.
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