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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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According to his manager, Tillman B. Franks, the reason Johnny wanted to get back to Shreveport as soon as possible after the November 4 show at the Skyline Club was because Saturday, November 5, was the opening of duck season in Louisiana. Johnny wanted to be up early that morning- Claude King (famous for recording "Wolverton Mountain") and his brother Perry had set up camp at a place called Hall`s Brake, near Ajax, LA, on Friday evening and were awaiting Johnny`s arrival to go duck hunting with them. Franks also disputes the story that Johnny was scheduled to meet with Ward Bond, the star of "Wagon Train" (1957), the afternoon of November 5 to discuss an appearance on the TV series, calling it "hype". As it turned out, Bond himself died that afternoon of a heart attack after attending a football game.

 

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.

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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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