1970 - 1980
1970. Elvis Presley sings the song during rehearsal (caught on the "That's The Way It Is" documentary). It's officially unreleased and available only as a bootleg. He changes lyrics but clearly knows the story well. Billy’s "three little children and a very sickly wife" become "three hundred little children and a very horny wife."
1978. The Grateful Dead rewrite it with a modern perspective and include it on their "Shakedown Street" album. Members of the band still perform it live.
1979. Neil Diamond records a disco-influenced version.
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