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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