Happy! - Mar 15 ('Old Hickory')
Subject: Happy! - Mar 15 ('Old Hickory')|
Date: 15 Mar 06 - 10:37 AM
7th president, "Old Hickory"
was born 3/15/1767
(d. June 8, 1845)
At the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815, it was Jackson's forces that inflicted a decisive defeat upon the British army and forced it to withdraw. It wasn't really his fault the war was already over and the peace treaty had been signed at Ghent 12/24/1814. Added to his great prowess and nationwide fame for killing indians, this made him a shoe-in for president.
The song is, of course, about the Kentucky contingent that went down to New Orleans to join the fun. By the way, the tune was traditional but became well-known when it appeared as the tune for a curtain-closer in the bad London comic opera, "Love laughs at locksmiths" in 1803. It opened four years later in NY and went immediately into tradition in both countries.
ALSO: In Centerville, Texas, (Sam) Lightnin' Hopkins was born 3-15-1912 (d.1-30-1982)
[thanx Doug Henkle]
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