The first recording was issued on the Victor label on September 6, 1928; McClintock sings with guitar accompaniment, and it is probably fair to say that it is as good as any later recording.
It was not until 1939 that the song really took off, reaching number one on the Billboard
magazine country music chart. Later (sanitised) versions have been recorded by Burl Ives; Tom Waits (in the 1987 film Ironweed
); and Lisa Loeb
(for the children's album Catch The Moon
). The name was also used in 1943 by Wallace Stegner (1909-93) for a novel.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above