Origin: Traditional (South, Southeast US, early 1900's)
Way Downtown was adapted from the traditional songs known by Late Last Night, Way Down Town, and Slippin' and A-Sliding with My New Shoes On.
First recording and first release as Last Night When My Willie Come Home by Uncle Dave Macon (1926)
Also released by The New Lost City Ramblers (1960)
Released as Way Downtown by Doc Watson (1962)