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Thursday Night Concert: “The Battle of New Orleans”

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 8, 2015

As Michael Lynch reminds us, today was the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major fight of the War of 1812. Everyone knows Johnny Horton’s famous version of the song, but it was written by Jimmie Driftwood, who recorded what I think is a superior version, truer to its folk form and spirit.

 

 

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  1. M.D. Blough said, on January 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    My heart will always belong to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90uEEGHGSnU (the Lego version of the Battle of New Orleans done to the Johnny Horton version of the song). This particular version is from RevMen-the creator of it (As his notes say, (Uploaded on Aug 21, 2011): “I made this video in the summer of 2003 when I was an active member at Brickfilms.com (before YouTube or anything like it existed). Much has changed and several people have posted this video to YouTube without asking. So I dusted off the archive files, updated the credits, and re-rendered it with a higher resolution so that I could upload my own copy of my own video. The music is, of course, by Johnny Horton. It’s a classic American folk song that many are familiar with about a battle that took place in January 1815, after the signing of the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812.

    The scenes with lots of minifigs marching were done by me and my multi-talented cousin James “The Janitor.” The excellent custom props (drums, cotton bales) were created by my mom. I had help with set building and animation from Dr. Clarke.”

  2. Christopher Shelley said, on January 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I always loved the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s version of this.


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