4 Jul 2012
I love this tune and the words and Johnny Horton's version, but I prefer - for sentimental reasons - Lonnie Donnegan's, which reached No. 2 in the UK Hit Parade in 1959.
The BBC would only allow it to be broadcast if the mild expletives "bloody" (fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans...) and "hell" (we really gave them hell...)were replaced with the euphemisms "bloomin'..." and "...well" Notice how Donnegan raises his eyebrows when he sings "bloomin'".
Lonnie Donnegan - The Battle Of New Orleans