American/A.P. Carter/William Kindt)
It is originally a folk song is thought to have originated in
nineteenth century America
and is one of the Top 500 Songs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that are
said to have shaped Rock and Roll.
There are many theories as to the true origins of the song but it is
said that it may have originated by J.A.Roff and the earliest known sheet
music of it is from 1882 under the original title "The Great Rock
Island Route". This was
rewritten by William Kindt as Wabash Cannon Ball in 1904.