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John Gale Horton (Horton, Johnny)

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Born: 1929 AD
Died: 1960 AD, at 31 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Composers, Guitarist, Musicians, Singer

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1925 - Johnny Horton, born on the 30th of April as John Gale Horton in Los Angeles but raised in the town of Rusk in east Texas. He was an American country music singer who was most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs".

1953 - In September, he married Billie Jean Jones.

1959 - He had several major crossover hits, most notably with "The Battle of New Orleans".

1960 - He won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording.

       - Had two other crossover hits with "Sink the Bismarck and "North to Alaska".

2001 - He was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named number 333 of the Songs of the Century.

1960 - He was killed instantly while he was returning home from a performance in Austin (Skyline Club) in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Highway 79 at Milano, Texas on the 5th of November.

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