The long-forgotten western diaries of Owen Wister, author of The Virginian, contribute an
interesting bit to the history of one of the best-known American cowboy songs-one usually
titled "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along, Little Dogies"-and indicate that more than
three-quarters of a century ago Texas cowpunchers were familiar with this lyrical description
of life on the cattle trail.
About the Author
John I. White sang cowboy songs on New York radio stations
and recorded for the American Record Corporation while he held a full-time position
with a major map publishing firm. In 1965, he retired from business and began writing
articles about Americana; these have appeared in a number of periodicals including,
The American West, American Heritage, Yankee, and
American History Illustrated.