“Hey Joe” is a 1953 popular song written by Boudleaux Bryant. It was recorded by Carl Smith for Columbia Records on 19 May 1953 and spent eight weeks at #1 on the US country music chart. This marked Bryant’s first number-one record. He later wrote songs with his wife Felice for The Everly Brothers.
Later in 1953, Kitty Wells recorded an answer record also titled “Hey Joe” which hit number eight on the Jukebox Country & Western chart.
Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley recorded a new version of the song with the modified title: “Hey Joe, Hey Moe”, with lyrics specially rewritten for the project by Boudleaux Bryant, as the title song to a duet album issued in 1981. The song, released as the lead single to the album, was a top-10 country hit that year.