January 10, 2009

Johnny Horton : " North to Alaska "

Johnny Horton was a huge country singer in the late 1950s up to 1960. Many of songs dealt with historical events, songs that simply have no parallel now.

Johnny Horton died far too young. On November 5, 1960, Horton was killed instantly in a head-on collision with a drunk driver on Highway 79 at Milano, Texas while he was returning home from a performance at the Skyline Club in Austin.

Johnny Horton reportedly had experienced premonitions several months before his own death about the possibility of dying in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. He always said that if he was in a head-on situation to drive into the ditch. His accident took place on a bridge so there was no ditch for which to head.

Both Horton and Hank Williams died in auto accidents. Both were married to the same woman at the time of their death, and both played their last shows at the Skyline Club . Both died in Cadillacs.

Johnny Cash was a good friend of Horton. When he learned about the collision, he said "[I] locked myself in one of the hotel's barrooms, and cried."

For another Johnny Horton song, see A Tangled Web


BklynBoy8 said...

Great You Tube!

One of My Favorite Songs and Movies.

John Wayne & Johnny Horton Rock!

Very well presented with

Anonymous said...

Just got back from the pro Israel rally in London which the BBc managed to spin slightly (as usual).

I didn't take a camera as I was expecting aggro and don't want my good camera smashed. Unfortunately my basic snapper was on loan to a mate. I understand other blogs will be posting up pics tho

Nice piece in the NYT today on the BB!


I prefer my photos of that terrific bridge..


Spent a lot of time drinking in the bars around the seaport when i was last there. Stayed at a hotel there.

Hope the photography's coming along. If you are around and about in London early Feb happy to buy you a drink btw. I owe you one.

The Phantom said...


I should have a schedule formed before too long, and would like to meet up.

They've opened a skating rink at the Seaport last week, a really good idea.

Which bars did you go to there? I've been to 'em all, Bin No. 220, Jeremy's Ale House, Nelson Blue, Paris Cafe, you name it.

Please shoot me an e-mail at

bayridgephantom a t gmail.com

Anonymous said...

all of those!

will do..