Ed Rush & George Cromarty were members of the Gold Coast Singers. Recorded during the San Francisco State College Folk Festival. Ended up on their first lp Here They Are. Ed traced the song back to an African-American camp meeting song with lyrics: "I don't care if it rain or freezes, leaning on the arms of my Jesus". Lyrics and sheet music first published in Sing Out!, later in Broadside Magazine. According to Broadside #41 it had been the themesong of a religious radio station in Baton Rouge in the forties, while the melody also reminds Jack Guthrie's Oklahoma Hills (see there).
Ernie Marrs & The Marrs Family [reissued on The Best Of Broadside 1962-1988]
King Earl Boogie Band [as Plastic Jeesus on lp Trouble At The Mill; Paul King and Colin Earl are two ex members of Mungo Jerry]
Mantanooska Thunderbuck [on lp Pipe, Spoon, Pot And Jug]
Roland [had a subscription on Broadside]
Considered blasphemous when first released, whereas its target is the purveyors of religious kitsch, not religion itself. Is also heard in film Cold Hand Luke with Paul Newman.