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Classic Rewind: Johnny Horton – ‘Sink The Bismarck’

2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Johnny Horton – ‘Sink The Bismarck’

  1. sszorin June 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    And now for something completely different, completely different from heartaches of a lonely gal on a prairie.

  2. Ken June 6, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    In addition to hosting “American Bandstand,” Dick Clark also had a half-hour prime-time variety show on Saturday nights from February 1958 until September 1960. “The Dick Clark Show” was also identified as “Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show” because it was sponsored by Beechnut chewing gum.

    This clip with Johnny Horton is from April 2, 1960. That week’s show had a western-theme so that is why the backdrop was a western set and Dick was wearing the prospector costume & beard. Johnny’s brand new Columbia single “Sink The Bismarck” was racing up the charts – it already ranked at #16 on that week’s Billboard country survey and was #6 on the pop Hot 100.
    Johnny’s poor fitting toupee was an attempt to make him appear younger in spite of his receding hairline. He was just 4 weeks away from celebrating his 35th birthday.

    Sadly Johnny Horton died in a car accident just seven months later on November 5th.

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