The first three releases – the original and the first two “covers” . . .
The original release – Stan Jones (1948)
The first cover – Burl Ives (1949)
One month after Burl Ives – Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra – Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) 1949
How many more singers and groups have covered it since 1948?? – I have no idea – but now you know the original and the first two covers . . .
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!