Probably first published in "Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings",
A version of Tindley's hymn was collected in Tennessee and appears in the 1914 Journal of American Folk-Lore: page #258 song #5
The first recorded version of this gospelsong seems to be:
(o) Frank & James McCravy (1925) (as "We'll Understand It Better Bye And Bye")
Recorded February 1925
Released on Okeh 40319
This version is still on my wishlist !!
(c) The Guitar Evangelist (=Rev. Edward W. Clayborn) ("Bye and Bye When the Morning Comes")
Recorded April 19, 1927
Released on Vocalion 1097
(c) Frank and James McCravy 1927 ("Bye and Bye")
Released on Victor 20817
(c) Posey Rorer and the North Carolina Ramblers ("We'll understand it better bye and bye")
Recorded September 24, 1928
Edison Matrix # 18752 (unissued at the time)
Edison Matrix # N-455 (unissued at the time)
(c) Kentucky Mountain Chorusters ("We'll Understand It Better Bye And Bye")
Recorded February 5, 1929
Released on Gennett 6888
(c) Smith's Sacred Singers 1934 ("We’ll Understand It Better Bye And Bye")
J. Frank Smith, lv; Joe Day, tv; Willie Fowler, bv; Bob Coker, bsv; Mildred Cowsert, p;
Recorded Atlanta, GA Tuesday, July 31, 1934
Released on Bluebird B-5750
(c) Wiley, Zeke & Homer (The Smilin’ Rangers): ("Understand It Better Bye-And-Bye")
Homer Sherrill, f; Zeke Morris, g/v; Wiley Morris, g/v.
Recorded in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, January 26, 1938
Released on Bluebird B-7497 and Montgomery Ward M-7488
(c) LOUIS ARMSTRONG And His Orchestra:
Recorded in NYC, December 18, 1939
Released on Decca 3011 and Decca 25153
(c) Alphabetical Four 1941 ("We Will Understand It Bye And Bye")
Recorded on April 7, 1941.
Released on Decca 7845
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(c) Leadbelly 1945 ("Bye and Bye When The Morning Comes")
Recorded February 15, 1945
|San Francisco, California||February 15, 1945|
|Standard (Oil Company) Broadcast radio program|
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(c) Deacon Utley (and the Smile A While Quartet) (1947) ("Bye and Bye When The Morning Comes")
Recorded December 1947
Released on Columbia 20562
(c) Blackwood Brothers Qt (1948) ("We Will Understand It Better Bye And Bye")
Released on the B-side of "Well done My Child" (Blackwood Bros Records 1149).
(c) Soul Stirrers (1950) ("By and By part 1 and 2")
Recorded February 24, 1950.
Released August 1950 on Specialty SP 354
(c) Davis Sisters (1952) ("By and By part 1 and 2")
Released on Gotham 716
(c) Sleepy John Estes (1962)
Recorded April 19 and 22, 1962 in Chicago;
Sleepy John Estes, voc, g
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(c) Bill Monroe 1964 ("We'll understand it better bye and bye")
Recorded 17 May 1962, Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville 3, TN –
Bill Monroe (Frank Buchanan, Tony Ellis, Bessie Mauldin, Red Stanley [barytone vcl], Culley Holt [bass vcl]. Producer: Harry Silverstein)
Released July 1964 the album "I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning" (Decca DL-74537)
(c) Statesmen Quartet 1950's
AND: Elvis Presley also sang a version of this gospel-classic as "By and By"
Recorded on Friday, 27 May 1966
Released on the album "How Great Thou Art"
NOT to be confused with "Bye and Bye We're Going To See The King".
Although the melody is quite similar
SEE THIS POST ON MY BLOG: http://jopiepopie.blogspot.nl/2013/10/bye-and-bye-were-going-to-see-king-1926.html
And NOT to be confused with "Bye and Bye" by the Nazarene Congregational Church Choir.
(c) Nazarene Congregational Church Choir 1926
Recorded on November 20, 1926
Released on Gennett 6004
Also released on Black Patti 8018
and Herschel Gold Seal 2016
The "Bye and Bye" tag, used at the end of a chorus or line, is frequent in the African-American tradition. The old hymn, "Farther Along" uses the familiar tag, "We'll understand it all bye and bye."