On a 1847 poster announcing a Minstrel Show in Philadelphia, The Nightingale Serenaders promise to bring De Banks Ob De Ohio. Louis Lindsay surely sang it in the 1860s.
Grayson & Whitter [as I'll Never Be Yours]
Ernest V. Stoneman [Stoneman Family elder]
Andrew Jenkins & Carson Robison [as On The Banks Of The Omaha]
Ruby Vass [Lomax recording on Southern Journey series]
Snakefarm [with Anna Domino]
Could be a symbolic song for every black reaching the Ohio side of the Ohio River, for he just left the slave states behind. Still, mostly sung among whites. See also: O-Hi-O.