The guy on this video wrote and recorded the song. It was "covered" by Willy and Waylon and I can't count how many other C&W artists. I think there was even a version with the Chipmunks! The lyrics have been revised to fit a lot of situations, but the melody lingers on.
Ed's discography includes dozens of songs performed by other artists and will be familiar to most of my readers.
I've got stories about the boy, but not now.