The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton (1959)
Although it removed some fun curses and a few verses of historical fact, Johnny Horton's cover of Jimmie Driftwood's classic established him in the late 50's as the king of the country story song. It even took him to the top of the pop charts. For an artist who died so young and released so little, Horton's work still holds up and compilations are cheaply and readily available wherever you kids buy your fuzzy warbles these days.
And while seeking out said warbles, check out the work of former High School Principal Driftwood as well. The man had a way with the historical hoedown!
Three covers, a parody and an English ears version, oh my!