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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
08-Oct-14 - 08:00 AM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood.

The song describes the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier. The melody is based on a well-known American fiddle tune, "The 8th of January", which was the date of the Battle of New Orleans.

Johnny Horton's 1959 version is the best-known recording of the song.
In the United Kingdom, Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group's 1959 version competed with Horton's and achieved greater success, peaking at number two. (From Wikipedia)