Personalities | Johnny Horton | Rockabilly | Country

(Vocals, guitar, 1925–60)

The ‘Singing Fisherman’ recorded country for Abbott and Mercury with only limited success until, in early 1956, he formed a rockabilly trio and went on to cut several hits for Columbia. Born in Los Angeles, Horton married Hank Williams’ widow, Billie Jean. Horton later made the pop charts with a series of pseudo-historical country songs. He died in a car wreck on 5 November 1960. His rockabilly recordings have greatly influenced modern rockabilly bands.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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