"Long, Long Ago" is a song dealing with nostalgia, written in 1833 by English composer Thomas Haynes Bayly. Originally called "Long Ago".
Here's an early print from the Bodleian Library.
In 1839, just a few months before the death of Bayly, the song was published by Cramer, Addison and Beale in London.
Musical World March 7 (p. 155)
In 1844 the song was published in Philadelphia, USA by the editor Rufus Wilmot Griswold in "Songs and Ballads Grave and Gay".
"Long, Long Ago" is on page 47 of the link below:
The book also contains a "sketch of the life of Thomas Haynes Bayly" by Griswold.
The song was well received, and became one of the most popular songs in the United States in 1844.
Long, Long Ago - Wikipedia
A detailed history of the song is here: "Long, Long Ago" & "Lang Ist's Her"
Emile Berliner himself seems to be the first person to have recorded "Long Long Ago".
(o) Emile Berliner (1889)
Released on Berliner 56
The Berliner 12.5 cm Records online Catalogue - le catalogue en ligne des disques Berliner 5 pouces
The voice heard on this record, is Emile Berliner's own voice. This is commonly admitted and it is indeed a voice - always the same on different records of the Berliner catalogue - with an audible German accent.
The Berliner five inch Records online Catalogue - le catalogue en ligne des disques Berliner de 12,5 cm (5 pouces) - The First Berliner discs - Les premiers disques Berliner
(c) George Schweinfest (1898) ("Long Long Ago")
Released on a Two Minute Columbia Cylinder # 23517
(c) George Schweinfest (1899) ("Long Long Ago")
Recorded October 21, 1899
Released on Berliner 0621
Berliner matrix 0621. Long, long, ago / George Schweinfest - Discography of American Historical Recordings
(c) George Schweinfest (1901) ("Long Long Ago")
Recorded March 16, 1901 in Camden, New Jersey
Released on Victor 229
Victor matrix [Pre-matrix A-]229. Long, long ago / George Schweinfest - Discography of American Historical Recordings
Browse All Recordings | Long, long ago, Take 4 (1901-03-16) | National Jukebox LOC.gov
(c) Lilli Lehmann (1906) (as "Long, Long Ago")
Recorded June 29, 1906 in Berlin.
Released on Odeon 50071
(c) Julius Spindler (1912) (as "Long, Long Ago")
Flute solo, orchestra accompaniment.
Recorded February 1912, New York
Originally released on Edison 4-minute Wax Amberol record 1034 in June 1912.
Edison Amberol: 1034.. Julius Spindler. | UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive
Re-released on Edison Blue Amberol Record #1993 in October 1913.
Julius Spindler - Long, Long Ago (Cylinder) at Discogs
Listen here: cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/mp3s/2000/2192/cusb-cyl2192d.mp3
(c) Elsie Baker (1913) (as "Long, Long Ago")
Recorded April 11, 1913 in New York
Released on Victor 17343
Victor matrix B-13066. Long, long ago / Elsie Baker - Discography of American Historical Recordings
Browse All Recordings | Long, long ago, Take 3 (1913-04-11) | National Jukebox LOC.gov
(c) Geraldine Farrar (1913) (as "Long, Long Ago")
With the Victor Orchestra
Recorded April 16, 1913 in New York
Released on Victor 87163
Browse All Recordings | Long, long ago, Take 1 (1913-04-16) | National Jukebox LOC.gov
(c) Marie Kaiser (1916) (as "Long, Long Ago")
Recorded January 15, 1916
Released on Edison 80331
In 1939 the tune was given new words and a bouncier tempo. With new lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias, and titled "Anywhere The Bluebird Goes" it was introduced in the Broadway musical "Yokel Boy".
After the United States entered the war in December 1941, Brown and Tobias modified the lyrics to their current form, with the chorus ending with "...till I come marching home".
It became the 1942 Glenn Miller hit "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)"
In February 18, 1942 the Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song with vocals by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires. This record spent thirteen weeks on the Billboard charts and was ranked as the nation's twelfth best-selling recording of the year
(c) Patti Page (1950) (as "Long, Long Ago")
78 RPM - Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz / Long Long Ago - Mercury - USA - 5534
Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz / Long Long Ago (Vinyl) at Discogs
(c) Sam Cooke (1961) (as "Long, Long Ago")
Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs
Tracks on Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke (March 1961) | SecondHandSongs
(c) The Explosions (1963) (as "Long, Long Ago") (guitar-instrumental)
The Explosions (Rotterdam) - 60s Neder-Gitaar-Rock
45cat - The Explosions [Netherlands] - Long Long Ago / Teisha - Decca - Netherlands - FM 264 498
(c) Trea Dobbs, Marijke Merckens, Ria Valk, Rob de Nijs & The Lords (1966) (as "Calling The Stars deel 1 en 2)
They sing "Long, Long Ago" in the style of The Supremes, Trini Lopez, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, The Selvera's, Gert Timmerman, The Chipmunks and Anneke Gronloh.
(c) Anita Lindblom (1967) (as "Minns Du Den Sången") (Nr 1 Sweden)
45cat - Anita Lindblom - Spanska Ögon / Minns Du Den Sången - CBS - Sweden - CBS 2796
"Long Long Ago" was also sampled by British band The Gorillaz in "Left Hand Suzuki Method"
Listen here at 53 seconds in the next YT
Dutch children song "Roodborstje Tikt Tegen 't Raam" (1866) (music by Johannes Worp and lyrics by Jan Goeverneur) uses the same tune.
More versions here:
The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - LONG LONG AGO
Cover versions of The Long Ago written by Thomas Haynes Bayly | SecondHandSongs