Old Jules rambled on about Johnny Cash and Loudon Wainright III, and their differing versions, in different eras, of “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry.” Then discussion got into Johnny Horton.
Old Jules’s blog is always a good read. Go see for yourself.
It got me thinking. I posted in comments there:
Nice to find someone who remembers Johnny Horton.
My oldest brother went drinking with Horton in Twin Falls, Idaho, my brother claimed, after a performance. He was a great fan ever after.
I liked Horton’s performance on “Battle of New Orleans.” Wasn’t until the 21st century that I learned that song was written by Jimmy Driftwood, who taught 8th grade history before he turned to songwriting full time. Worse, Driftwood wrote it in the 1930s.
Thank God libraries keep old music around.
Well, there you go.
Here’s the audio from which Moby sampled, Vera Hall singing “Trouble So Hard.”
And for the record, Jimmy Driftwood’s version of “The Battle of New Orleans.” History teachers, do you find it accurate? Do you use it in class?
Johnny Horton’s version, done for an 8th grade history class: