As I said in the playlist before ("Dink's Song" / "Fare Thee Well"), Georgia White's "Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well" IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED with Libby Holman's and Josh White's "Fare Thee Well" , recorded in 1942 on the Decca-label, although the label says the composer is ALSTON. And that name also is on the label of Libby Holman's and Josh White's "Fare Thee Well".
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The first recording of "Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well" seems to be:
(o) Georgia White (1937)
With Piano Bass And Guitar
Recorded October 5, 1937 in New York
Label: Decca 7405 A;
Covered by Connee Boswell in 1938 (#11 hit USA)
And by Count Basie in 1939 on Decca (US) / Brunswick (UK)
And by the Hollywood Flames in 1954
Georgia White's "Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well", in his turn, has a striking resemblance with "I'll See You In The Spring, When The Birds Begin To Sing"
(which also has the "Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well"-chorus.
Recorded by the Memphis Jug Band on October 20, 1927 (Victor 21066)
The song was also recorded in Chicago in January 1928 by Johnnie Head under the title of "Fare Thee Blues" (Paramount 12628). He recorded 2 parts, here's part 1:
Joe Calicott covered it in 1930 as "Fare Thee Well Blues".
Recorded on February 20, 1930 in Memphis, Tenn.
Released on Brunswick 7166.
the tune was also used by Leadbelly as the basis of a ballad ("The Titanic") on the sinking of the Titanic ("Fare Thee Titanic Fare Thee Well").
Recorded in October 1948
It's refrain of “Fare thee, Titanic, fare thee well” in his turn is strongly reminsicent of Virginia Liston’s 1926 "Titanic Blues".
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Virginia Liston - Titanic Blues 1925 : Virginia Liston : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
But already in October 1916 the Leighton Brothers recorded a version of "Fare Thee Honey Fare Thee Well", which unfortunately was destroyed.
Looking at the sheet music, I think this version is different in lyrics and music to the versions above.
A recording by Marie Cahill of a few days earlier was released on Victor 45125. I couldn't find a sample of that one either, but I think it's the same version as the Leighton Brothers.
NOTE: musically speaking "Fare Thee, Honey, Fare Thee Well" has also a little resemblance to "Careless Love" (AKA "Loveless Love").