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SINK THE BISMARK

Sink the Bismark

Single by Johnny Horton

B-side “The Same Old Tale the Crow Told Me”

Released 1960

Genre Country

Length 3:12

Label Columbia

Writer(s) Johnny Horton and Tilman Franks

“Sink the Bismark” (later “Sink the Bismarck”) is a march song by country music singer Johnny Horton and songwriter Tillman Franks, based on the pursuit and eventual sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, during World War II. Horton released this song in 1960, when it reached #3 on the charts. As originally released, the record label used the common misspelling “Bismark”; this error was corrected for later releases of the song. It was inspired by the 1960 movie Sink the Bismarck! and was in fact (with the English producer John Brabourne’s approval) commissioned from Johnny Horton by 20th Century Fox who were worried about the subject’s relative obscurity. While the song was used in U.S. theater trailers for the film, it was not used in the film itself.

The song was later covered by The Blues Brothers for a scene in the movie, The Blues Brothers, but was cut out.