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Thread #3976   Message #22041
Posted By: Bill in Alabama
23-Feb-98 - 08:29 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sink the Bismarck (Johnny Horton)
Subject: Info: Eighth of January
As I understand it, the tune THE EIGHTH OF JANUARY is an occasional piece, specifically commemorating the victory of Jackson's army over Gen. Packinham at New Orleans on that date. I have heard two different stories: (1) that the piece is an original, and composed en situ; (2) that the tune was "captured" from the British troops, and was originally a traditional piece called "The King's Head."