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Johnny Horton In Concert ~ The Incredibly Rare Live Performances

21 songs, 55 minutes of rare, live Johnny Horton performances from the 1950s and 1960s. All the hits are here, North To Alaska, Battle Of New Orleans, Sink The Bismarck, Johnny Reb, Springtime In Alaska and early classics as well. Enjoy

Johnny Horton – North To Alaska – Grandma’s Favorite Song

Johnny Horton in an amazing live performance of the soundtrack of the John Wayne movie North To Alaska. This was my Grandmother’s favorite song. Grandma and Grandpa would listen to the Grand Ole Opry on a Saturday when my Mom was a little girl in the 1930s and 40s. My Grandma would listen to the radio and write the words to the songs on the wall of her kitchen as she worked so she could learn them. Sixty years later she could still recite songs and poems she’d heard as a little girl. If you look close, you can see Mordecai the dog behind Grandma.

Grandma & Grandpa

Johnny Horton – Johnny Reb – Classic Song – Amazing Live Performance

As a kid who was in love with anything to do with American history and the Civil War in particular, this song was made to order. I played it over and over on my parent’s stereo in the early Sixties. Johnny Horton’s Johnny Reb, an amazing rare live performance. Horton’s music truly crossed genres between Country, Pop and Folk, though you never sight of the fact that he was pure Country with his wonderfully plaintive style.

And here’s the original tune by the songwriter, Merle Kilgore

The First Record I Owned – Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits

The Arizona Cowboy 1960

The first record I owned, or that I called my own, was Johnny Horton’s Greatest Hits. It was filled with his Americana story songs and I was in love with the Westerns, TV being full of them at the time. I remember playing it over and over the year before I shuffled off, unwillingly to kindergarten in 1964. If you wonder why I loved his music, take a listen to this classic live performance of his song Comanche. The man could give a soulful performance. Written by Johnny Horton and Francis Bandy. It’s about the only horse, yes that’s right, horse of the 7th Cavalry command to survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It sounds silly, but when delivered in Horton’s unadorned style, it takes on considerable depth, which is the mark of a great Country singer.