Jimmie Driftwood

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country folk under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

James Corbett Morris, 20 June 1917, Mountain View, Arkansas, USA, d. 12 July 1998, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. Driftwood’s name first came to prominence as a result of the Johnny Horton recording of Driftwood’s song ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’ in 1959. The single made the top of both the US pop and country charts, but only reached the Top 20 in the UK. Lonnie Donegan reached number 2 in the UK with the song in the same year. Driftwood himself had recorded a version of the song the previous year for RCA - Victor Records. With a strong musical heritage Driftwood learned to play guitar, banjo and fiddle while still young. Picking up old songs from his father, Neal Morris, his grandparents, and other members of his family, he later travelled around collecting and recording songs. While still performing at folk festivals, Driftwood continued to teach during the 40s. With the 50s came the growing folk boom, and he found himself reaching a wider...

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