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15 Jul
Jimmy Driftwood fires his last gun

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
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Subject: Jimmy Driftwood fires his last gun

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Reported by CSB News (0400 7/13):

Jimmy Driftwood, who wrote Johnny Horton's 1960 hit "The Battle of New
Orleans," died yesterday in Fayetteville, AR at the age of 91. Driftwood
reportedly wrote the song's lyrics as a history lesson for a high school
class, then set the words to music.

[Hopefully, Driftwood lived a comfortable retirement on the song's royalties.]

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