Handsome Molly is a popular banjo and fiddle song common to virtually all old country musicians of the nineteenth century. In 1918, Molly appeared in the collection of Cecil Sharp and was recorded on Victor records by Grayson and Whitter in 1929, but was probably a pretty old tune even then. The track is a "Courting Ballad" that is believed to date back to popular Irish ballads, comparable to "Lovely Molly" and "Dark-eyed Molly." It also shares similar lyrics with "Farewell Bally Cash" and "Irish Woman." Fiddler G.B. Grayson and guitar player Henry Whitter recorded a pre-bluegrass version of relevance in 1927. "Train 45" was the A-side of this album, and "Handsome Molly" was the B-side. These tracks would become bluegrass classics. The Stanley Brothers learned his song and performed it live throughout the 1950s, more than likely because of the Grayson recording. Stanley Brothers album with Ralph Mayo and Curley Lambert in 1956. It is a "Live" performance in front of a single Mic as a result of an impromptu session in a house. The Country Gentlemen recorded the song in 1961, which was included on the album "Sing & Play Folk Songs and Bluegrass." Their arrangement is much more "Old-time" and can be heard on the album "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's" or on the compilation album "The Essential Doc Watson." Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and even Mick Jagger covered the song as well.