Absolutely the BEST version of "KATIE CRUEL" is ever heard is the one done by our SANDY PATON on his 1959 LP on Elektra ( # 148) __THE MANY SIDES OF SANDY PATON__
The late Ken Goldstein said in the liner notes to that album "American soldiers are said to have marched to this sprightly tune during the Revolutionary War, although it's tough to imagine hard New England fighting men singing "diddle lulley day" as they prepared to meet the redcoats. The version sung here has been handed down through many generations of an old Massachusetts family."
This great album (although Sandy says differently) contains the first appearance of "Wild Mountain Thyme" in the U.S.A. Elektra left off one verse of the song (prompting Sandy's dismay and legitimate anger) because of flimsy & contrived time constraints.
Three fine photos of Sandy grace the cover. Hard to find, but worth the effort.