|The oldest known recording was made in 1933 by Appalachian artists, Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster. Ashley claimed he'd learned the song from his grandfather.|
It was then recorded on September 15, 1937 by Georgia Turner, the 16-year-old daughter on a Kentucky miner.
It is a difficult task to determine the number of individuals (groups/bands) who have recorded this tune. My collection (possession of recordings) has been ongoing for at least 25 years; this is not my complete list. I felt it a pertinent addition to my Storyville research.
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