Lewis originally recorded the song on August 28, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, during part of a three-session stretch that famed Memphis guitar player Jim Jackson hooked up. These sessions occurred from 1927 to 1929.
Jackson disappeared without a trace in 1930 (as in, permanently) and Lewis went 31 years without ever recording again.
On October 3, 1959, Samuel B. Charters of Folksways Records got Lewis on tape again. One of the songs they did was "I Will Turn Your Money Green." This led to a resurgence in Lewis' career. Playboy
magazine even featured him in a piece in April 1970, and the Rolling Stones invited Lewis to open for them twice.
On April 13, 2010, an Italian record label named Monk released the first recorded take
of the song (from way back in 1928), along with many other Lewis recordings, on an album called I Will Turn Your Money Green