Thanks for all of the info!
I can pin down the exact time that I listened to the song on a
borrowed cassette tape as being 1970 or 1971. It was on, I'm pretty
certain, some sort of commercial comp. tape, such as "Great American
Singers and Their Favorite Songs" or something of the like.
The only name that really rings a bell with me is Frankie Laine and he
did indeed do an album of western songs called, I think, Rawhide. One
of the other newsgroups had all of these songs on it a few weeks ago
and I downloaded them. I've listened to "North to Alaska" several
times and I'm absolutely certain, however, that he's singing "Sam
McCord was a mighty man".
It could be, however, that at some point back in the late 60s or early
70s he recorded *another* version, maybe as a tribute to the Polish
folks living in Chicago or some such, and that this is the one that
ended up on the tape I listened to. It's not common, of course, but
various artists *do* record slightly different versions of their songs
from time to time.
Post by Nelson
Post by ***@cool.com Post by stonethecrows555
Hi Bob, a quick search of Napster revealed Johnny Horton.
Sounds like the song from the movie of the same name a fun little
movie, by the way).
Hope this helps!- Stoney
Thanks, Stoney, but the Horton version is the famous one that
*everyone* knows -- I was (and still am) looking for this obscure one
that I heard around 1969, although it had been recorded earlier....
I took at look at CMT.com and found that "North to Alaska" was written
by Michael Phillips and is published by EMI.
Recorded BY Album Release Year Hit Year
Johnny Horton Big Time Country 1979 1960 Hot Country Singles &
Tracks Sony Music Special Products
Johnny Horton Big Time Country 1979 1960 The Billboard Hot 100
Sony Music Special Products
Boxcar Willie Boxcar Willie Sings The Spirit Of America
Brennen Leigh Too Thin To Plow 1979 Downtime Records
Brian Gale North To Alaska (And Heartaches Along The Way)
1979 Sheetkicker Records
Connie And Babe Down The Road To Home 1995 Rounder
Dwight Yoakam Under The Covers 1997 Warner
Frankie Laine On The Trail 1990 Bear Family
Jack Cooke Sittin' On Top Of The World 2006 Pinecone
Johnnie Allan Swamp Gold: Volume 5 1997 Jin
NRBQ 'Kick Me Hard-Deluxe Edition' 1989 Rounder
Ted Hawkins Ted Hawkins Story-Suffer No More 1998 Rhino
If you follow this link (http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/servlet/
displaySong?id=69123&version_id=676197&aka_seq=), you should be able
to listen to clips of each and pick out the one you are looking for.
Since all of the release years are after 1960, it looks like that is
the only way to find it (unless it was a live/bootleg or unlicensed