|Songwriter(s)||L. Wolfe Gilbert|
Gilbert had written the lyrics for the 1912 song "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (for which Lewis F. Muir wrote the music). In "Down Yonder," Gilbert brought back four of the characters from the earlier song — Daddy, Mammy, Ephram and Sammy. However, the lyrics of "Down Yonder" are seldom heard because the song has usually been performed as an instrumental, especially on the piano or organ.
"Down Yonder" is an expression meaning "down there", referring to a place that is considerably lower in elevation or farther south. In the sense of the song's lyrics, it means "in the American South."
Recordings by Ernest Hare & Billy Jones, and by the Peerless Quartet were very popular in 1921.
In 1934, the instrumental version by Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
Versions that charted in 1951 included those by Del Wood, by Joe ´Fingers´ Carr, by Champ Butler, by Lawrence (Piano Roll) Cook, by the Freddy Martin orchestra, by the Frank Petty Trio, and by Ethel Smith.
|Del Wood||Tennessee Records 775||8/24/51||25||4|
|Joe ´Fingers´ Carr||Capitol Records 1777||10/12/51||17||14|
|Champ Butler||Columbia Records 39533||9/21/51||16||18|
|Lawrence (Piano Roll) Cook||Abbey Records 15053||9/21/51||2||23|
|Freddy Martin||RCA Victor Records 20-4267||10/12/51||4||24|
|Frank Petty Trio||MGM Records 11057||11/9||1||26|
|Ethel Smith (Juke Box chart)||King Records 986||10/27||1||16|
- 1960: An instrumental version by Johnny and The Hurricanes and released on Bigtop Records as catalog number 45-3036, backed with "Sheba". The record charted at 48 on Billboard and reached number 8 in the UK.
- 1973: Bill Monroe & Friends, on Bill Monroe's Brown County Jamboree
- 1975: Willie Nelson's sister Bobbie, on the piano, for his album The Red-Headed Stranger.
- 1975, 1989: Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys.
- Shaw, Arnold (1987). The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920s. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 113. ISBN 0195038916.
- "Definition of YONDER". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
- Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 494. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 19. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
- "Most Played Juke Box Records" (PDF). Billboard. 63 (43): 38. October 27, 1951. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- "Top Singles". Cash Box. December 15, 1951. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2016.