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Horton, Johnny

Born 1929 in Los Angeles, Calif., but raised in Tyler, Texas. A regular on the Gibson Jamboree (KLTV-TV, Tyler, Texas) in 1956. A regular on the Louisiana Hayride (KWKH, Shreveport, La.). Died in 1960.

References:

  • Feature article in issue 5 (1980) of Rock & Roll Performers Magazine.
  • Feature article and discography in issue 10 (1981) of Rock & Roll Performers Magazine.
  • Article in issue 101 (1991) of Now Dig This.
Artist image
Source: Jim Hilmar

Original Releases

Discography is not intended to be complete

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1952/Mar. 15
Bb c&w rev.
Abbott (Calif.)  108 
Auction history
No rating Song sample Rhythm In My Baby's Walk — Johnny Horton And Billy Barton   Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#32)
Bullet CCL LP 1121 (#14)
Bullet Cactus CD Abbott 1 (#26)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2467 (#17)
    No rating Song sample Betty Lorraine — Johnny Horton And Billy Barton   Bullet CCL LP 1121 (#10)
1952/Aug. 2
Bb c&w rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  6412-X45
Auction history
No rating Song sample The First Train Headin' South — Johnny Horton YW7408 Bullet Bear Family LP 15248 (#3)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#26)
Bullet Official CD 5055 (#8)
    No rating Song sample ( I Wished For An Angel But) The Devil Sent Me You — Johnny Horton YW7410  
1953/Mar. 21
Bb c&w rev.
Mercury (Ill.)  70100-x45
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Tennessee Jive — Johnny Horton YW7447 Bullet Bear Family LP 15248 (#1)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#2)
Bullet CCL LP 1121 (#6)
Bullet Hop CD 004 (#5)
Bullet Rev-Ola Bandstand CD 170 (#8)
    Non-pertinent Label shot The Mansion You Stole — Johnny Horton YW7445 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#16)
 
 
Mercury (Ill.) EP-1-3091  Cover shot
Requestfully Yours [mono]
Auction history
No rating Label shot First Train Headin' South — Johnny Horton B  
    No rating The Mansion You Stole — Johnny Horton B  
    No rating Label shot Red Lips And Warm Red Wine — Johnny Horton A  
    No rating You, You, You — Johnny Horton A Bullet Bear Family LP 15248 (#5)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#15)
Bullet CCL LP 1121 (#7)
Bullet Cactus CD Merc. 1 (#26)
1956/Mar. 10
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-21504 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Honky-Tonk Man — Johnny Horton JZSP 37865 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#3)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#9)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16722 (#9)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#3)
Bullet Big Tone CD 5711 (#23)
Bullet CBS LP 83911 (#13)
Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#1)
Bullet Friedman Fairfax CD 307 (#3)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Ready, If You're Willing — Johnny Horton JZSP 37866 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#16)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#10)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#16)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#9)
1956/July 28
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-21538 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample I Don't Like I Did — Johnny Horton JZSP 38661 Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#13)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#11)
Bullet Rev-Ola Bandstand CD 21 (#21)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample I'm A One-Woman Man — Johnny Horton JZSP 37864 Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#11)
Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#7)
1957/Jan. 5
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-40813-c
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Coming Home — Johnny Horton JZSP 39657 Bullet Ace CD 786 (#24)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#4)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#14)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16722 (#3)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#4)
Bullet Big Tone CD 5710 (#20)
Bullet CBS LP 82401 (#20)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37984 (#15)
Bullet Club LP 017 (#19)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62173 (#24)
Bullet Epic LP 37984 (#15)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 142 (#23)
Bullet Fed CD 07 (#34)
Bullet Mustang CD 3 (#35)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample I Got A Hole In My Pirogue — Johnny Horton JZSP 37867 Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#3)
1957/Apr. 29
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-40919-c
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample The Woman I Need — Johnny Horton JZSP 41299 Bullet Ace CD 785 (#7)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#6)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#15)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16722 (#25)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#5)
Bullet Big Tone CD 5710 (#9)
Bullet CBS LP 82401 (#9)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62172 (#7)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample She Knows Why — Johnny Horton JZSP 41298 Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#14)
Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#4)
 
 
Columbia (N.Y.) B-2130  Cover shot
Honky-Tonk Man [mono]
Auction history
No rating Honky-Tonk Man — Johnny Horton    
    No rating I'm Coming Home — Johnny Horton    
    No rating I'm A One-Woman Man — Johnny Horton    
    No rating I Got A Hole In My Pirogue — Johnny Horton    
1957/Aug. 26
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-40986 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Let's Take The Long Way Home — Johnny Horton JZSP 41919 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#12)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#17)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#12)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#13)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'll Do It Everytime — Johnny Horton JZSP 41917 Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#28)
1957/Nov. 11
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41043 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Lover's Rock — Johnny Horton JZSP 41920 Bullet Ace CD 785 (#15)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#8)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#18)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#8)
Bullet Big Tone CD 5711 (#4)
Bullet CBS LP 82993 (#14)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37984 (#23)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#5)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62172 (#15)
Bullet Epic LP 37984 (#23)
Bullet Pan American CD 56008 (#6)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample You're My Baby — Johnny Horton JZSP 41918 Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#30)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#4)
Bullet Pan American CD 56026 (#10)
1958/Feb. 10
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41110 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor — Johnny Horton JZSP 42804 Bullet Ace CD 786 (#5)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#2)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#19)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16722 (#16)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#2)
Bullet Big Tone CD 5710 (#30)
Bullet CBS LP 82993 (#10)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37618 (#5)
Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#11)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62173 (#5)
Bullet Epic LP 37618 (#5)
Bullet Lucky CD 602 (#23)
Bullet MSIF CD 2002 (#4)
Bullet Rhino CD 70742 (#4)
Bullet Sony Music Special Prod. CD 75064 (#5)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample The Wild One — Johnny Horton JZSP 42805 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#15)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#20)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#15)
Bullet Columbia (U.S.) LP 8779 (#10)
1958/July 21
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41210 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample All Grown Up — Johnny Horton JZSP 44033 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#9)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#6)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#10)
Bullet Fantastic Voyage CD 098 (#66)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Counterfeit Love — Johnny Horton JZSP 44031  
1959/July 6
Bb pop rev.
Dot (Calif.) 45-15966  Cover shot
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Shadows On The Old Bayou — Johnny Horton MW-13055 Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#8)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Plaid & Calico — Johnny Horton MW-13054  
1959/July 27
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41437 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Sal's Got A Sugarlip — Johnny Horton JZSP 48125 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#2)
    No rating Label shot Song sample Johnny Reb — Johnny Horton JZSP 48124  
1959/Oct. 19
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41502 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Take Me Like I Am — Johnny Horton ZSP 48835 Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#1)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample I'm Ready, If You're Willing — Johnny Horton ZSP 48834 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#8)
1959/Nov. 16
Bb xmas rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41522 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample The Electrified Donkey — Johnny Horton ZSP 48859 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#10)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#8)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#9)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#1)
    Non-pertinent Label shot They Shined Up Rudolph's Nose — Johnny Horton ZSP 48853 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#15)
Bullet Jan/Star Club LP 8038 (#2)
1960/Jan. 25
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-41568  Cover shot
Auction history
No rating Label shot The Same Old Tale The Crow Told Me — Johnny Horton ZSP 49451  
    No rating Label shot Sink The Bismark — Johnny Horton ZSP 49450  
 
 
Columbia (N.Y.) B-1362-1 
Auction history
Pertinent Song sample First Train Headin' South [alt. vers.] — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#7)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#4)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#7)
    No rating Lost Highway — Johnny Horton    
 
 
Columbia (N.Y.) B-1362-2 
Auction history
No rating Label shot When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) — Johnny Horton ZEP 47387  
    Pertinent Song sample Cherokee Boogie — Johnny Horton ZEP 47387 Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#3)
Bullet Bear Family CD 16723 (#22)
Bullet Tiger LP 101 (#3)
    No rating Sam Magee — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Joe's Been A-Gittin' There — Johnny Horton    
 
 
Columbia (N.Y.) B-1362-3 
Auction history
Pertinent Song sample Got The Bull By The Horns — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#7)
Bullet Mustang CD 1 (#16)
Bullet Tiger LP 101 (#2)
    No rating All For The Love Of A Girl — Johnny Horton    
    No rating The Golden Rocket — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Mister Moonlight — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#21)
1962/Feb. 17
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-42302  Cover shot
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Honky-Tonk Man — Johnny Horton JZSP 56024  
    Non-pertinent Label shot Words — Johnny Horton JZSP 48123  
1962/Dec. 29
Bb pop rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-42653  Cover shot
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot All Grown Up — Johnny Horton ZSP 58612  
    Pertinent Label shot I'm A One-Woman Man — Johnny Horton ZSP 58611  
1963
(Bb est.)
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-42774 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Sugar-Coated Baby — Johnny Horton ZSP 59741 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#11)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#12)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#11)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#10)
    No rating Label shot When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) — Johnny Horton ZSP 45233  
1964/Mar. 21
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-42993  Cover shot
Auction history
Pertinent Song sample Tell My Baby I Love Her — Johnny Horton ZSP 77161 Bullet Bear Family LP 15069 (#5)
Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#16)
Bullet Bear Family LP 18008 (#6)
Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#3)
    Pertinent Song sample Hooray For That Little Difference — Johnny Horton ZSP 77160 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#14)
1964/Oct. 10
Bb c&w rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43143 
Auction history
No rating Song sample The Same Old Tale The Crow Told Me — Johnny Horton   Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#6)
    No rating Song sample Lost Highway — Johnny Horton    
1965
(Bb est.)
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43228 
Auction history
No rating Song sample Rock Island Line — Johnny Horton ZSP 79655 Bullet CCL LP 1140 (#7)
    No rating Song sample I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Livin' — Johnny Horton ZSP 79654  
Original LPs
1960
(BSN est.)
Dot (Calif.) DLP-3221 
Johnny Horton [mono]
Auction history
No rating Plaid And Calico — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Coal, Smoke, Valve Oil And Steam — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Devilish Love Light — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Done Rovin' — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Mean Mean Mean Son Of A Gun — Johnny Horton   Bullet ABC (Germany) LP 28 082 ET (#10)
    No rating Gobble, The Houn' Dog — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Shadows On The Old Bayou — Johnny Horton    
    No rating In My Home In Shelby County — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#25)
    No rating Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Smokey Joe's Barbeque — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family CD 16354 (#4)
    No rating Long Rocky Road — Johnny Horton    
    No rating Words — Johnny Horton    
 
 
Crown (Calif.)  LP cut 
Auction history
No rating Guitar Stomp — Johnny Horton   Bullet P-Vine CD 2467 (#18)
Live Performances
 
 
[live recording]    
Auction history
Pertinent Song sample Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor — Johnny Horton    
Unissued Tracks
1959
 
Columbia (N.Y.)  uniss.  Borderline Song sample Ole Slew Foot [alt. vers.] — Johnny Horton   Bullet Bear Family CD 15543 (#1)

Notes:


Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1976ABC (Germany) (Germany) 28 082 ETLPCountry Meets Rock 'N' Roll
1977CBS (England) 82401LPCBS Rockabilly Classics
CCL (Germany) 1140LPRockin' Rollin' Horton / Johnny Horton
1978CBS (England) 82993LPCBS Rockabilly Classics, Vol.2
1979CBS (England) 83911LPCBS Rockabilly, Vol. 3
1981Bear Family (Germany) BFX 15069LPRockin' Rollin' Johnny Horton
Epic (United States) EG 37618LPRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
Sony Music Special Prod. (United States) WK 75064CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
1982Epic (United States) EG 37984LPRockabilly Stars, Vol. 3
1986Columbia (U.S.) (United States) CS 8779LPHonky Tonk Man / Johnny Horton
1989Bear Family (Germany) BFX 15248LPRockin' Rollin' Horton / Johnny Horton
Jan/Star Club (Sweden) 33- 8038LPRock And Roll Christmas
1990Bear Family (Germany) BCD 15543CDRockin' Rollin' / Johnny Horton
CBS Special Products (United States) A 37618CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
1991Rhino (United States) R2 70742CDRock This Town: Rockabilly Hits, Vol. 2
1992MSIF (Japan) 2002CDRoots Of Stray Cats, Vol. 2
1993Big Tone (England) BT 5710CDCBS Rockabilly Classics, Vol. 1
Big Tone (England) BT 5711CDCBS Rockabilly Classics, Vol. 2
1994P-Vine (Japan) PCD 2467CDSomebody's Rockin': Crown Greatest Rockabillies
1996Friedman Fairfax (United States) FRF 307CDRockabilly: The Life, Times & Music Series
1997Tiger 101LP18 Knock Out Tracks
2000Columbia/Epic/Legacy (United States) CK 62172CDAin't I'm A Dog!: 25 More Rockabilly Rave-Ups
Columbia/Epic/Legacy (United States) CK 62173CDWhistle Bait!: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups
2001Ace (England) CDCHD 785CDColumbia Rockabilly, Vol. 1
Ace (England) CDCHD 786CDColumbia Rockabilly, Vol. 2
Mustang MUST 3CDLet's Go Boppin' Tonight
2003Official (United States) OFF-CD 5055CDMercury Hillbilly
2005Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16722CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 22 (Columbia)
2006Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16723CDThat'll Flat Git It, Vol. 23 (Columbia)
Rev-Ola Bandstand (England) CR REV 170CDCountry Goes Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2: The New Breed
2007Rev-Ola Bandstand (England) CR REV 21CDCountry Goes Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 3: Rural Royalty
2008Pan American (Switzerland) 56026CDHey Little Girlie
2009Bear Family (Germany) BCD 16354CDTake Me Like I Am / Johnny Horton
2011Fantastic Voyage (England) FVTD 098CDSassy Sugar: The Pure Essence Of Nashville Rock & Roll
2012Fantastic Voyage (England) FVDD 142CDTexas Tornados: Rock 'N' Roll From The Lone Star State
year?Bear Family (Germany) BAF 18008LPThe Fantastic Johnny Horton
CBS Special Products (United States) A 37984CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 3
CCL (Germany) 1121LPEarly Rock And Country Sides / Johnny Horton
Cactus (United States) Merc. 1CDMercury Hillbilly
Cactus (United States) Abbott 1CDAbbott Hillbilly
Club (England) 017LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 17
Fed (Norway) 07CDThe Fed Story, Vol. 7
Hop 004CDHillbilly Hop, Vol. 4
Lucky (England) CDLR 602CDRock Rock-Ola, Vol. 2
Mustang MUST 1CDScratchin' On My Screen
Pan American (Switzerland) 56008CDRed Hot


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