Johnny Horton playing guitar and singing to the last Veteran of the Civil war a Confederate solider who was 116 at the time in 1958.

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About the song

A timeless classic that effortlessly transports listeners back to the rugged, adventurous spirit of the 19th-century gold rush era. Johnny Horton, a master storyteller through song, brings to life the excitement and challenges faced by prospectors journeying to the icy north in search of fortune.

Penned by Mike Phillips, the song served as the theme for the 1960 movie of the same name starring John Wayne. With its catchy melody and evocative lyrics, “North to Alaska” became an instant hit upon its release. It featured on Horton’s album of the same title, which quickly climbed the charts.

Horton, known for his distinctive baritone voice and ability to convey narratives with authenticity, had already made a name for himself in the country music scene. Prior to “North to Alaska,” he had seen success with hits like “The Battle of New Orleans” and “Sink the Bismarck!”

“North to Alaska” didn’t just captivate audiences; it conquered the charts as well. It soared to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, securing its place as one of Horton’s most beloved tracks. Its popularity wasn’t limited to the country genre; it also made waves on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching an impressive position.

Decades after its release, “North to Alaska” remains a beloved favorite, cherished for its rollicking melody, vivid storytelling, and Horton’s incomparable delivery. It’s a testament to the enduring power of music to transport us to distant times and places, capturing the imagination and stirring the soul. So, if you’re ready for a musical journey to the wild north, let Johnny Horton be your guide with “North to Alaska”!

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Lyrics

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of ninety-two
With George Pratt his partner and brother Billy too
They crossed the Yukon river and they found the bonanza gold
Below that old white mountain
Just a little south-east of Nome
Sam crossed the Majestic mountains to the valleys far below
He talked to his team of huskies
As he mushed on through the snow
With the northen lights a-runnin’ wild
In the land of the midnight sun
Yes Sam McCord was a mighty man
In the year of nineteen-one
Where the river is windin’ big nuggets they’re findin’
North to Alaska go north the rush is on
North to Alaska go north the rush is on
George turns to Sam with his gold in his hand
Said Sam you’re lookin’ at a lonely lonely man
I’d trade all the gold that’s buried in this land
For one small band of gold to place on sweet little Jenny’s hand
‘Cause a man needs a woman to love him all the time
Remember Sam a true love is so hard to find
I’d build for my Jenny a honeymoon home
Below that old white mountain
Just a little south-east of Nome
Where the river is windin’ big nuggets they’re findin’
North to Alaska go north the rush is on
North to Alaska go north the rush is on