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"Cotton Fields" is a song written by blues musician Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. It was also a #13 pop hit for The Highwaymen in 1961.

The song mentions that the fields are "down in Louisiana, just about a mile from Texarkana". This is geographically impossible, as Texarkana is about 30 miles north of the Louisiana border.[1]

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Beach Boys version

"Cottonfields"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album 20/20
Released February 10, 1969 (album)
April 20, 1970 (single)
Format Vinyl
Recorded November 18, 1968 (album)
August 15, 1969 (single)
Genre Pop music, country rock
Length 2:21 (album)
3:05(single)
Label Capitol
Producer Brian Wilson and Al Jardine (album)
The Beach Boys (single)
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Add Some Music to Your Day"/"Susie Cincinnati"
(1970)
"Cottonfields"/"The Nearest Faraway Place"
(1970)
"Slip On Through"/"This Whole World"
(1970)

"Cotton Fields" was remade by the American rock band The Beach Boys. It was released on their 1969 album 20/20 with Al Jardine on lead vocals. The song was recorded on November 18, 1968.

Dissatisfied with Brian Wilson's arrangement, Al Jardine later led the group to record a more country-rock style version. The remake was recorded on August 15, 1969, with Orville "Red" Rhodes on steel pedal guitar. Released as the renamed "Cottonfields", this remake, while not a hit in the U.S., was a top ten song around the world in the Spring and Summer of 1970. It was the group's last single for Capitol Records and the last released in mono.

While barely making a dent in the U.S. (#95 Record World, #103 Billboard) though promoted with an appearance on the network tv pop show Something Else, the song succeeded across the Atlantic, reaching number two in the UK's Melody Maker chart and listed as the tenth biggest seller of the year by the New Musical Express. Worldwide -- outside North America -- it virtually replicated the success of the group's "Do It Again" two years before. It was number 1 in Australia, South Africa, Sweden and Norway, number 2 in Denmark, number 3 in Ireland, similarly top 5 in Japan, Spain and Rhodesia; number 12 in Holland, number 13 in New Zealand and number 29 in Germany. Because of this popularity, it was placed on the international release of the group's Sunflower album.

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Spanish version

The melody of "Cotton Fields" is also used in the Mexican song "Cuando Yo Era Jovencito" by Los Apson and Ramón Ayala.

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