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John Gale "Johnny" Horton (April 30, 1925 – November 5, 1960) was an American country music and rockabilly singer most famous for his semi-folk, so-called "saga songs" which began the "historical ballad" craze of the late 1950s and early 1960s. With them, he had several major...Wikipedia

Age: 35 (age at death)
Born: 30th April, 1925, Los Angeles, CA
Died: 5th November, 1960, Milano, Texas, USA
Height: Height Unknown
Nationality: American

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In his autobiography "I Was There When It Happened", Tillman B. Franks, Johnny`s manager, says James Davis, the drunk driver who ran into Johnny on November 5, 1960, suffered only minor injuries. Some accounts mistakenly claim Davis was killed in the accident, along with Johnny. Franks himself was critically injured in the crash (he was in the front passenger seat, next to Johnny, who was driving). Franks says Davis pleaded "no contest" to "murder without malice" several months later, and was given a two year suspended sentence - he served no time in prison.

 

Despite being a Country Western singer, Johnny didn`t like playing at venues which served alcohol. Before his last show at the Skyline Club on November 4, 1960, he told several people he was worried about being hit by a drunk driver while in Austin. As it turned out, he was, but in Milano, Texas, while driving back to Shreveport.

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Brian P Longford - I have been a fan of Johnny Horton since i was in high school and still like him and his music and thats a long time (3 years ago)

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