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U.K. label Stampede's Country Treasure Series, Vol. 1 collects 34 tracks from country legend Johnny Horton' s early years, 26 of which have never been released. The collection focuses primarily on Horton's honky tonk material, not on the historical narratives like "Battle of New Orleans," "North to Alaska," and "Sink the Bismarck" that brought him fame later in his career. Of the songs here, two of them ("Go and Wash Those Dirty Feet" and "I'll Fill a Drunkard's Grave") include alternate takes, making this anthology a sharp one for collectors, but not a sufficient entry point for newbies. Horton novices would be better off with Columbia/Legacy's excellent Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960.


Born: 30 April 1925 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Although he is better-remembered for his historical songs, Johnny Horton was one of the best and most popular honky tonk singers of the late '50s. Horton managed to infuse honky tonk with an urgent rockabilly underpinning. His career may have been cut short by a fatal car crash in 1960, but his music reverberated throughout the next three decades. Horton was born in Los Angeles in 1925, the son of sharecropping parents. During his childhood, his family continually moved between California and Texas,...
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