In 1961, Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra, of all people*, recorded a version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" featuring guitar and some percussion instrument which I've never seen before.
It looks like the cat is sending a telegraph. You can watch it here.
What in the world is it, and how often has such an instrument been used?
- As was Welk, Louis L'Amour (prolific writer of Western novels) was a North Dakotan, and Teddy Roosevelt cowboyed on a North Dakota ranch, so maybe it's not as macabre as it initially seems that Welk would record a Western song.