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 of a Kentucky miner.
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