Hedy West picked up her five string banjo and recorded her song "500 Miles" two years after the original first recording. It's based on the fiddle tune "Reuben's Train".
The Journeymen (John Phillips, Scott McKenzie and Dick Weissman) recorded the original "500 Miles" (Hedy West/trad.) for their self-titled debut album in 1961. This is an old folk song once titled "Railroader's Lament", "900 Miles" or "500 Miles Away From Home".
The rewritten "500 Miles Away From Home" (Bobby Bare - Hedy West - Curly Williams) was a top ten hit for Bobby Bare one year later.