Natural collaboration of two songwriters coming from the South. Vocal: Pee Wee Hunt. Build around Hoagy's melody for Washboard Blues ('26). In retrospect the dialect lyrics seemed a bit patronizing or even racist. The first hit following the Great Depression. Hitler on the other hand banned it for its presumed encouragement of idleness.
Hoagy Carmichael [author; worked as a song plugger for Ralph Peer's publishing company from their Brill Building office]
Ted Lewis [n°1 US]
Johnny Mercer [coauthor]
Also by Ben Bernie, Rudy Vallee, Mills Brothers, Hank Snow, Bing Crosby.