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Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton, 1956-1960

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Before he was killed by a drunk driver in Milano, Texas on November 5, 1960, Johnny Horton recorded one of the most diverse bodies of song of any mid-century country performer. He started out in hard honky-tonk music, and “Honky Tonk Man,” “I’m a One-Woman Man” and every other song on disc one of this collection still stand alongside Hank Williams and George Jones as that genre’s greatest works. A handful of especially raucous songs, including “I’m Coming Home,” “Lover’s Rock,” and “Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor,” are enough to confirm Horton’s dual legacy as one of the great rockabilly performers of the late ‘50s. Toward the end of his career, Horton shifted his focus, and found success with historical songs (“The Battle of New Orleans,” “Johnny Reb”) and humorous numbers (“The Electrified Donkey”). Though Horton was shaped by the tastes and expectations of mainstream Nashville, his material was always underscored by charisma and soulfulness. Nowhere is this better shown than on “Lost Highway” and “Words,” which turns the usually brash attitude of country music into something hushed and spare.

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I downloaded the song "Honky Tonk Man" from I-tunes. I, also, downloaded the Johnny Horton tune "The Battle of New Orleans" from another site. I would rate both of these songs five stars! Johnny Horton displayed such a wonderful rockabilly (rather raw) vocal presence on "Battle of New Orleans" as well as "Honky Tonk Man". The only reason why I don't rate this entire album package a 5-Star item, is that there are a few--and only a few--songs that I could probably pass on. Still, with 36 songs this complete album is a fantastic value for the price! It's too bad that we don't hear more about the great artist Johnny Horton these days. I know his life was ended at a tragically young age, in a car crash, way back in 1960. The Johnny Horton songs that I like best are those that display a rockabilly flair. Long live the memory of Johnny Horton!

Honky Tonk

I'm not a big country fan but love it! The good old country music you expect when listening to country.

It was Johnny rebel.....

Not Johnny horton who sang that song ur talking about. Johnny horton rocks!!!


Born: April 30, 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...
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