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Jimmy Driftwood

James Corbitt Morris (20 June 1907 – 12 July 1998)  - better known as Jimmy Driftwood or Jimmie Driftwood  - was a prolific United States folk songwriter and musician, most famous for his songs The Battle of New Orleans and Tennessee Stud.

== Early life and education =

Driftwood was born in Mountain View, Arkansas on 20 June 1907. Driftwood's father was folk singer Neil Morris. Driftwood learned to play guitar at a young age on his grandfather's homemade instrument. Driftwood used the unique guitar throughout his career and noted that its neck was made from a fence rail, its sides from an old ox yoke, and the head and bottom from the headboard of a bed. This homemade instrument produced a pleasant distinctive resonant sound. Driftwood attended John Brown College in northwest Arkansas and later received a degree in education from Arkansas Teacher's College. He started writing songs during his teaching career in order to teach his students history in an entertaining manner.

== The 1920s and 1930s =

During the 1920s and 1930s Driftwood left Arkansas and took to the road. Eventually ...

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