Johnny Horton performs “Sink the Bismark” Live On Beech-Nut Show 1960.

Reaching number # 6 of the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, remaining in lists for a total of 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Top Singles charts, it reached number # 1. The song was included in Johnny Horton's fourth studio album, Johnny Horton Makes History (Columbia 1960).

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Sink the Bismark

Single cover Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )
Single cover Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )

“Sink the Bismark” (later “Sink the Bismarck”), a song written by Johnny Horton and Tilman Franks, was recorded by Johnny Horton for the Columbia label, on January 7, 1960, in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, Johnny Horton was accompanied in the recording session by: Grady Martin (guitar), Hank Garland (guitar), Tommy Tomlinson (steel), Joseph Zinkan (bass) and Buddy Harman (drums). With the production of Don Law, the song was released on January 18, 1960. Reaching number # 6 of the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, on May 2, 1960, remaining in lists for a total of 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Top Singles charts, it reached number # 1.

The song was included in Johnny Horton’s fourth studio album, Johnny Horton Makes History (Columbia 1960).

About the song:

As originally released, the record label used the common spelling error “Bismark”; This error was corrected for later releases of the song.
“Sink the Bismark” is a song based on the search and eventual collapse of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, during World War II.
The song was inspired by the 1960 British war movie Sink the Bismarck! And in fact (with the approval of producer John Brabourne) was commissioned by Johnny Horton for 20th Century Fox, who were concerned about the relative darkness of the subject in the United States. While the song was used in US theater trailers. UU. For the movie, it was not used in the movie itself.
Like many of Horton’s most famous songs, “Sink the Bismarck” is a story song based on real events, which however parodies. The “Battle of New Orleans” promoted Dr. Demento’s commodities such as “The Battle of Kookamonga” by Honer and Jethro, so they also parodied this with “We did not sink the Bismarck.”



Lp cover Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )
Lp cover Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )

 

Versions:

Don Lang 1960 (His Master’s Voice)
Homer & Jethro 1962 (RCA Victor)
Claude King 1969 (Columbia)





Johnny Horton – Sink the Bismark Lyrics

In May of 1941 the war had just begun
The Germans had the biggest ship that had the biggest guns
The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea
On her decks were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees

Out of the cold and foggy night came the British ship the Hood
And every British seaman he knew and understood
They had to sink the Bismarck the terror of the sea
Stop those guns as big as steers and those shells as big as trees

We’ll find the German battleship that’s makin’ such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismarck ’cause the world depends on us
Yeah hit the decks a runnin’ boys and spin those guns around
When we find the Bismarck we gotta cut her down

The Hood found the Bismarck and on that fatal day
The Bismarck started firing fifteen miles away
We gotta sink the Bismarck was the battle sound
But when the smoke had cleared away the mighty Hood went down

For six long days and weary nights they tried to find her trail
Churchill told the people put every ship asail
Cause somewhere on that ocean I know she’s gotta be
We gotta sink the Bismarck to the bottom of the sea

We’ll find the German battleship that’s makin’ such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismarck ’cause the world depends on us
Yeah hit the decks a runnin’ boys and spin those guns around
When we find the Bismarck we gotta cut her down

The fog was gone the seventh day and they saw the morning sun
Ten hours away from homeland the Bismarck made its run
The Admiral of the British fleet said turn those bows around
We found that German battleship and we’re gonna cut her down

The British guns were aimed and the shells were coming fast
The first shell hit the Bismarck they knew she couldn’t last
That mighty German battleship is just a memory
Sink the Bismarck was the battle cry that shook the seven seas

We found the German battleship ’twas makin’ such a fuss
We had to sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us
We hit the deck a runnin’ and we and spun those guns around
Yeah we found the mighty Bismarck and then we cut her down

We found the German battleship ’twas makin’ such a fuss
We had to sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us
We hit the deck a runnin’ and we and spun those guns around
We found the mighty Bismarck and then we cut her down

Single Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )
Single Johnny Horton ( Columbia 1960 )

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