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Mon, 10 Jan 2005

Live Recordings From the Louisiana Hayride / Johnny Horton
Aren't most of us influenced by the taste of those around us? Or is that just me?

I grew up around a much older brother, hardly what you'd call an unmixed blessing. But one benefit was his taste in music. It was on his big reel-to-reel tape recorder from Lafayette Radio Electronics that I first heard Tom Lehrer. And there were other, less ironic works as well: Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, Lightning Strikes by Lou Christie, Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney and plenty more. Including Johnny Horton singing Sink The Bismarck, a WWII story in song I loved and had memorized long before I had a clue what it was about. (I was a pretty oblivious child. Which may explain all the torment at the hands of said brother.)

Bismarck was only one of many "story" songs Horton recorded. The Battle of New Orleans is probably the best known, although I discovered it only after encountering Homer & Jethro's parody version.

Horton deserves to be better remembered than he is. He's certainly a more interesting way to get into history than some dusty old textbook.

Live Recordings From the Louisiana Hayride
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