Also known as Ghost Riders In The Sky. Childhood memory of author Stan Jones, inspired by a very dark sky before a storm in the Arizona hills. True story. Tipped by eden ahbez (see: Nature Boy) who had heard the author's demo. A far cry of When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again's melody (1863).
Vaughn Monroe [n°1 US]
Stan Jones [author for Mercury]
Gene Autry [in the movie by that name, originally to be called Beyond the Purple Hills; author Jones himself appears as a cowboy riding herd singing along with Gene]
Compagnons De La Chanson [as Les Chevaliers du ciel]
Armand Mestral [as Les Cavaliers du ciel]
Johnny Cash [with members of the Carter Family; n°2 C&W]
Riders In The Sky [as Ghost Riders In The Sky]
Dan Aykroyd-John Goodman & The Blues Brothers Band [in film Blues Brothers 2000]
Deborah Harry [in film Three Businessmen]
Ned Sublette [cowboy rumba version]
Sjon & Sjeffrie [as Het Cowboy Lied Gaat Zo]
The most covered song in the C&W genres since recordings began.