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This was written by Jimmie Davis who was the first to record it in 1940. Davis was a prolific songwriter who became Governor of Louisiana a few years after.
Bing Crosby was the first to have a hit with this song. His version went to #20 in the US in 1941.
This was sung on the "It Was a GOOD Life" episode of The Twilight Zone by a neighbor of a supernatural little boy -- before the boy changes the neighbor into a jack-in-the-box and buries him in a cornfield.
The B-side was Hank Williams' signature song, "Your Cheatin' Heart." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3)
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
Loudon Wainwright III
"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit. His latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.