A classic country song, "The Wabash Cannonball" is an American folk song thought to have originated in the late 19th century and its first documented appearance was on sheet music published in 1882 titled, "The Great Rock Island Route". A rewritten version by William Kindt appeared in 1904 under the title, "Wabash Cannon Ball".
The famous Carter Family made one of the first recordings of the song in 1929; however, it was not released until 1932. The most popular version (YOU know who did it . . . ) recorded by Roy Acuff in 1936. This infamous version is one of the fewer than 40 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide.
"The Wabash Cannonball" is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 songs that shaped the Rock and Roll list and it is the oldest song on the list. KBMR is tootin' it's horn for the BEST in Country classics!!
P.S. I've got my dancin' shoes polished to dance with the stars at the Bismarck Eagles Polkafest this Sunday, March 16th - see you there!