Grayson and Whitter recorded the folk song "Tom Dooley" in 1929. It was based on the true 1866 incident of Tom Dula (pronounced as Dooley) who murdered Laura Foster and was hanged for the crime.

Many agree that this is the group that started the folk craze of the time, The Kingston Trio (Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds) sold millions of the 1958 cover and reached the top of the charts. The single came from their first album "The Kingston Trio".