It turns out, I was completely wrong about that (something that keeps happening as I research my Records of the Day). The original recording was by Canadian country legend Hank Snow from 1952. It's one of those songs that became an instant standard, and understandably. How can you not love a song with such an incredible first line?! There were LOTS of recordings of this song in the 50s. The Robins version was from 1953. Elvis had a HUGE hit with it in 1959. I actually like all of those renditions, but it's the 1957 Bobby Helms version that I love the most.
Bobby was an extremely gifted country vocalist from Indiana who is best known for his rockabilly holiday song "Jingle Bell Rock". People really don't talk about Bobby much beyond that song, and maybe that's part of the reason I wanted to feature him today. But also, I'm in love with his solid vocal on this song. I'm in love with the fiddle on this recording. Most of all, I'm in love with the western jacket he sports on the cover of the LP that features this recording. I mean...LOOK AT IT! It's hard not to be swayed by that.