BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS

Latest update on 17/08/2020

Artist: Jimmy Driftwood
Author: trad./Jimmy Driftwood
Label: RCA
Year: 1957

Teacher from Arkansas who wrote it in 1936 to pimp up his history class; the beginning of the saga song saga. On his 1958 debut album Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs. Restricted airplay for abundant use of 'hell' and 'damn' in the lyrics.

Covers:

1959:

Johnny Horton [n°1 US in a much shorter version]

1959:

Lonnie Donegan [n°2 UK]

1959:

Vaughn Monroe

1959:

Homer & Jethro [parody as The Battle Of Kookamonga]

1959:

Marc Taynor [as La Bataille de Waterloo]

1962:

Sandy Nelson

1964:

Brothers Four

1968:

Harpers Bizarre

1971:

Doug Kershaw

1972:

Les Humphries Singers [same melody in their hit Mexico]

1972:

Johnny Cash

1973:

Eric Weissberg [as The Eight Of January in film Deliverance; the 8th of January 1815 was the date of the real Battle of New Orleans (see footnote)]

1973:

Leon Russell

1973:

Floyd Cramer

1974:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1975:

Buck Owens

1976:

Barefoot Jerry

1979:

Bill Haley & The Comets

1980:

Hoyt Axton

1988:

Big Audio Dynamite [partly in The Battle Of All Saints Road]

1990:

Zachary Richard

2002:

Gerard Cox [as Het Gras Is Nergens Groener Dan Bij Feyenoord]

2003:

Asleep At The Wheel [as Eight Of January]

2009:

Rhonda Vincent [as The Eight Of January]

2014:

Les Claypool

Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 (Napoleon selling Louisiana to the Americans to finance his wars) and Louisiana's admission to the Union (1812), the British attacked New Orleans. On the 8th of January 1815 American troops under Colonel Andrew Jackson defended the city victoriously. Later the French Quarter's central plaza was renamed after him. Defeating the British deserved a song: recordings as The Eight Of January: Ted Gossett's String Band ('28), Dr. Humphrey Bate & His Possum Hunters ('28), Arkansas Barefoot Boys ('28 - Okeh) and Bookmiller Shannon ('59) from Timbo, Arkansas. That was a friend of Jimmy Driftwood's father Neil Morris and that's where Jimmy got the melody for his Battle Of New Orleans from. (Alan Lomax recording reissued on Southern Journey N°7 - Ozark Frontier)

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