The tune has been adapted for other purposes as well. I found a reference that stated the words had been changed for the movie "Meet me in Saint Louis" where it was sung by Judy Garland. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a recording to post.
Most of us (who are old enough) remember it even being used in old cartoons:
Howie Bursen does a spirited version, filled to the brim with his hallmark triplets and syncopation, on his album Cider in the Kitchen. He really captures the boisterousness of the song. I can't find a full version online, but there are some snippets available:
Nice choice and playing, Pat! I like many of y'all heard this one on Warner Bros (maybe MGM) cartoons when I was a kid, I recall some wolf who had been ACME'd up strolling off to the horizon all dejected and whistling the tune. It was a fun circle to make when I started playing banjo and realized it was in the old-time repertoire.
The lyrics, as per the standard minstrel show fare, are unfortunate (though historically interesting and less unfortunate than others), but even so I find that "contraband" line pretty funny. I like Pete Seeger's version, tends to be a bit more syncopated than some, and he makes some good calls replacing a few choice words.
The Tom Berghan version with bass banjo is great! That bass line is a little jazzy, surprising listen, I enjoyed it.
Years ago when I was first learning CH, a fellow played this tune up on a stage and I SO wanted to be able to play that tune on a banjo too. I was really struggling to get the most basics of basics in those days, no internet and no one to show me. It seemed where I was and where I wanted to go were worlds apart and it was hard to imagine to ever be able to play like that. Now I have been able to play that tune pretty easily for years but it still stands out in my mind as an awesome banjo tune, wonderful renditions above. Banjered
I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I know this tune. Could have been a cartoon, or Meet Me in St. Louis; but it was probably this, which I heard as a kid. It's Tennessee Ernie Ford's version with completely different lyrics..