This song is a country and cowboy-style song. It was written on June 5, 1948 by Stan Jones. A number of versions were also crossover hits on the pop charts in 1949. More than one hundred different artists have recorded versions of this classic. Charting versions were recorded by Vaughn Monroe (with orchestra and vocal quartet), by Bing Crosby (with the Ken Darby Singers), and by Burl Ives. Other contemporary versions were recorded by Peggy Lee (with the Jud Conlon Singers), and by Spike Jones and his City Slickers, with the most recent version of the song being performed by Spiderbait, for the 2007 movie Ghost Rider.
The most famous version was recorded by bandleader and singer Vaughn Monroe.
For a list of many of the 50 artists that have recorded this song. Also, see links for videos of this song being performed. Artists include: Baja Marimba Band, Barrage, Bing Crosby, Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan, Boston Pops, Gene Autry, Bluegrass Alliance, Brothers 4, Bruce Low, California Guita Trio, Captain Tractor, Charlie Daniels band, Chet Atkins, Davie Allan and the Arrows, Deadbolt, Deborah Harry, Dick Dale, The Dixie Dicks, Duane Eddy, Eddie Arnold,Dean Martin, Esteban, The Expendables, Frank Ifield,, Frankie laine, Fred Penner, Gene Pitney, Ghoultown,jerusalem Ridge, Jet Harris, Jimmie Rodgers, Joni Mitchell?, kansas, King Kurt, Lee Press-on and the Nails, Les Jaguars, Lonesome Halos, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Lorne Greene, The Maladroits, Mary McCaslin, Mary Schneider, Michael martin Murphy, Molly Hatchett, Outlaws, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Patrick Normand, Pedro Vargas, peggy Lee, Radio Birdman, Ramrods, Rick Devin, Ronnie Dawson, Scary Bitches, Slim Whitman, Vaughan Monroe, Ventures, Vocal majority Choir, Chantays, Johnny Cash, Gary Yogurt, Highwaymen, Concrete Blonde, Marshall Tucker band, Kingston Trio, Jumping Jewels, Impaled Nazarene, Flying W Wranglers, Johnny Horton, Marty Robbins, Damage Done by Worms, Dean Martin, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, John Denver, Andy Tielman, Brooks and Dunn, Burl Ives, Spiderbait, and many more.