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Week ending 5/23/09: #1 this week in country music history

Johnny Horton

Johnny Horton

1949: Lovesick Blues — Hank Williams (MGM)

1959: The Battle of New Orleans — Johnny Horton (Columbia)

1969: My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To) — Bill Anderson (Decca)

1979: If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me — Bellamy Brothers (Warner Bros.)

1989: If I Had You— Alabama (RCA)

1999: Please Remember Me— Tim McGraw (Curb)

11 responses to “Week ending 5/23/09: #1 this week in country music history

  1. Occasional Hope May 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I like The Battle of New Orleans even if I am on the other side, but what on earth was Johnny Horton wearing in that clip?

    • Razor X May 24, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      Looks like a white Davy Crockett outfit. File that wardrobe choice under “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” šŸ˜‰

      You’re the first Brit I’ve ever known who actually liked this song.

  2. Paul W Dennis May 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    The “Battle of New Orleans” was a much shorter version of Jimmie Driftwood’s original recording on RCA. Driftwood wrote the song as an aid to teaching his classes about American history

  3. Michael May 26, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I’m surprised that the Alabama song I can’t even remember was actually a 2 weeker.

  4. Brody May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Speaking of “The Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton actually recorded a British version too, and the original spawned several parodies.

    • J.R. Journey May 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

      I remember reading about that version. Didn’t he change the line to ‘we fought the Yankee rebels in the town of New Orleans’?

      • Occasional Hope May 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm

        I never knew that. I’m surprised *he* didn’t get acccused of being unpatriotic for doing that;).

        • Razor X May 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

          Probably because nobody knows about it. šŸ˜‰ I’ll bet it was never released on this side of the Atlantic. Now I’m going to have to go looking for it.

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