Jimmy Driftwood

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Birthday
20, 1907
Birthplace
Arkansas
Death Date
Jul 12, 1998 (91)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
20, 1907
Birthplace
Arkansas
Death Date
Jul 12, 1998 (91)

About

American folk music legend who recorded more than 6,000 song during his career, more than 300 of which have been covered by other artists. He won several Grammys, including one for Song of the Year for "The Battle of New Orleans" in 1960.

Before Fame

He learned to play guitar on a homemade instrument given to him by his grandfather. He began a career as a teacher shortly after earning a degree in education from Arkansas State Teacher's College.

Trivia

He had a total of six songs on the popular and country music singles charts in 1959 alone.

Family Life

He is the son of folk singer Neil Morris. He married Cleda Johnson in 1936.

Associated With

His American folk classic "The Battle of New Orleans" was covered by Johnny Horton.

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