Reblogging here something by my daughter Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, posted today on her blog "Roots of Kinship". Great little family story about one of my favorite songs from my teen years, which took on family significance far exceeding the musical quality of the song! Despite its rather unusual subject matter, The Battle of New Orleans won the 1960 Grammy for Best Country & Western song and was 1959's #1 song on the Billboard Top 100 -- see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Year-End_Hot_100_singles_of_1959 Johnny Horton had several other hits with unlikely subjects, including "Sink the Bismarck", about the British Navy's efforts to sink the German battleship Bismarck in World War II; "Comanche", about the horse Comanche, which was the sole survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Stand; and "North to Alaska", about the 1896 Alaskan gold rush. Sadly, Horton was killed in an automobile accident on November 5, 1960, near Milano, Texas. Like several others of my favorite singers (including Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Eddie Cochran) he left us too soon. Thanks, Kiddo, for this trip down memory lane!
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Ritchie Valens was a pioneer of Chicano rock and Latin rock, and inspired many musicians of Latino heritage. He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana as he had become nationally successful at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. 104 more words