Johnny Horton was a country singer who had three top five hits on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Charts. They were all historical songs that told stories. The chart topping “The Battle Of New Orleans,” “North To Alaska,” and the epic World War II tribute song, “Sink The Bismark.”
“Sink The Bismark” was inspired by the movie of the same name. It sold the story of the sinking of the German super-battleship Bismark. Released during early 1960, it reached number three on the BILLBOARD Pop Chart.
Horton’s career came to an end when he was killed by a drunk driver in a traffic accident later in the year.