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The Spectacular Johnny Horton

Johnny Horton

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Horton's brief flurry of country-pop mega-stardom coincided with some of his less interesting music, as this 1960 album proves. Corny Americana became his meal ticket after "The Battle of New Orleans" (which leads off the disc), and more of the same follows on the gold-prospecting tales "Sam Magee" and "When It's Springtime in Alaska." Those songs are country-pop with a banjo for a whiff of (not quite genuine) authenticity. On several of the other tracks, he didn't bother with the banjo, leaving average or below-average country-pop balladry to remain. Yet he hadn't forgotten how to play and sing gutsy rockabilly cum honky tonk, as shown on the album's best cuts. His self-penned "The First Rain Headin' South" is certainly the best of the crop; the cover of "Cherokee Boogie," like Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp," flirts with imagery that will strike many as un-PC these days; and "Got the Bull by the Horns" and the cover of Hank Snow's "The Rocket" are respectable up-tempo numbers. Half a good album, then, and Horton wouldn't have a chance to resolve his conflicting directions, dying in the same year as the LP's release.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
The Battle Of New Orleans (Album Version)
00:02:30

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - JIMMY DRIFTWOOD, Composer - JIMMY DRIFTWOOD, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Whispering Pines (Album Version)
00:02:55

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Howard Hausey, Composer - Howard Hausey, Lyricist - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
The First Train Headin' South (Album Version)
00:02:18

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Composer - Johnny Horton, Lyricist - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Lost Highway (Album Version)
00:02:33

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Leon Payne, Composer - Leon Payne, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Joe's Been A-Gittin' There (Album Version)
00:02:38

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Grady Martin, Composer - Grady Martin, Lyricist - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Marijohn Wilkin, Composer - Marijohn Wilkin, Lyricist - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
Sam Magee (Album Version)
00:02:29

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - JIMMY DRIFTWOOD, Composer - JIMMY DRIFTWOOD, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) (Album Version)
00:02:34

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Tillman Franks, Composer - Tillman Franks, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Composer - Johnny Horton, Lyricist - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Cherokee Boogie (Album Version)
00:02:26

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Moon Mullican, Composer - Moon Mullican, Lyricist - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Chief William Redbird, Composer - Chief William Redbird, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
All For The Love Of A Girl (Album Version)
00:02:44

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Composer - Johnny Horton, Lyricist - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
The Golden Rocket (Album Version)
00:02:06

Hank Snow, Composer - Hank Snow, Lyricist - Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Mr. Moonlight (Album Version)
00:02:30

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Reggie G. Young, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Ray Greff, Composer - Ray Greff, Lyricist - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Floyd D. Chance, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Got The Bull By The Horns (Album Version)
00:02:09

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Amos Boyd, Composer - Amos Boyd, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass - Billy Jones, Composer - Billy Jones, Lyricist

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Counterfeit Love (Album Version)
00:02:08

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Howard Hausey, Composer - Howard Hausey, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Reggie G. Young, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Floyd D. Chance, Bass

Originally Released 1959 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
All Grown Up (Album Version)
00:01:53

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Margie Hunt, Executive Producer - Howard Hausey, Composer - Howard Hausey, Lyricist - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Johnathan Russell, 2nd Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Carlos Grier, Edited By - Reggie G. Young, Guitar - Eric Conn, Edited By - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Denny Purcell, Mastering Engineer - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Floyd D. Chance, Bass

Originally Released 1958. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
The Battle Of New Orleans (special version cut for England)
00:02:27

Murray M. Harman Jr., Drums - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer - Thomas Grady Martin, Guitar - Don Law, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, A&R Coordinator - Johnny Horton, Vocal - Johnny Horton, Guitar - Johnny Horton, Performer - Harold Ray Bradley, Guitar - Harold Ray Bradley, Banjo - Tim Smith, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Gerald D. Tomlinson, Guitar - Joseph S. Zinkan, Bass - JIMMIE DRIFTWOOD, Composer - JIMMIE DRIFTWOOD, Lyricist

Originally Released 1960 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Horton's brief flurry of country-pop mega-stardom coincided with some of his less interesting music, as this 1960 album proves. Corny Americana became his meal ticket after "The Battle of New Orleans" (which leads off the disc), and more of the same follows on the gold-prospecting tales "Sam Magee" and "When It's Springtime in Alaska." Those songs are country-pop with a banjo for a whiff of (not quite genuine) authenticity. On several of the other tracks, he didn't bother with the banjo, leaving average or below-average country-pop balladry to remain. Yet he hadn't forgotten how to play and sing gutsy rockabilly cum honky tonk, as shown on the album's best cuts. His self-penned "The First Rain Headin' South" is certainly the best of the crop; the cover of "Cherokee Boogie," like Warren Smith's "Ubangi Stomp," flirts with imagery that will strike many as un-PC these days; and "Got the Bull by the Horns" and the cover of Hank Snow's "The Rocket" are respectable up-tempo numbers. Half a good album, then, and Horton wouldn't have a chance to resolve his conflicting directions, dying in the same year as the LP's release.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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