(It Is Claimed That Oliver Hood Wrote the Song in the Early 1930's and Performed it at a Veteran's of Foreign Wars Convention in Georgia. 1st. Recorded 22 August 1939 by the Pine Ridge Boys on Bluebird 8263 A (no composer credit) 2nd. Recorded 13 September 1939 by the Rice Brothers Gang on Decca 5763 A (Paul Rice Credited) Paul Rice Claimed to Compose it in 1937 Jimmie Davis Bought the Song & Rights from Paul Rice This Song is One of the Two Official Songs of the State of Louisiana)
Issued on Decca 5813 A Also Recorded 1946 - 1947 - 1950 - 1959 - Circa 1973 - Circa 1978 - Circa 1980 - Circa 1993.
Recorded 5 February 1940 Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th St., New York City - Jimmie Davis [vcl] with Charles Mitchell‘s Orchestra: Leon Chappelear [gt], Charles Mitchell [el steel gt] + unknown musicians (bass,piano,clarinet,trumpet).
Born James Houston Davis in Beech Springs,Louisiana. (1899 - 2000)
Served Two Terms as Governor of Louisiana
Recorded From 1928 to 1999
Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame 1971 Country Music Hall of Fame 1972 Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1997 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2008