April 14, 2017
MOUNTAIN VIEW — When Johnny Horton hit the airwaves with “The Battle of New Orleans” in April 1959, it was a hit. The song would stay in the public conscience for decades, with musicians like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Cash and, most recently, Les Claypool releasing their own versions of the song.
Just a year after he released the recording, Horton would die in a car accident. But his Grammy-winning performance of “The Battle of New Orleans” helped elevate the man who wrote the song, Jimmy Driftwood, into the public consciousness and set off a career as a performer and songwriter that would last the rest of his life.
Musician, poet, history teacher, activist — all are words that could be used to describe Driftwood, who made his home in Mountain View.
Driftwood would put his hometown on the map. His work in promoting it led the small town of 2,837 people to become what is often considered the world capital of folk music.
Now, a group is seeking to erect a statue of Driftwood that will last generations. The Jimmy Driftwood Project is a committee seeking to raise $40,000 for a bronze statue of Driftwood, which would be placed in the Picking Park in downtown Mountain View.
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