Originally released in August 1941 on Okeh Records, Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger (Okeh K-3) is an album consisting of four 10-inch records (78 rpm, 6315-6318) by Burl Ives. This set marked Ives's debut as a recording artist. He accompanies himself on the guitar as he sings twelve folk songs.
The same collection of songs was re-released as The Wayfaring Stranger by Columbia Records (C-103) on four 10-inch records (78 rpm, 36733-36736) in August 1944, with cover art by Jim Flora. This collection should not be confused with Ives' album The Wayfaring Stranger released on Asch in 1944 with different songs.
It was released again on Columbia (CL 6109) on one 10-inch microgroove record (33⅓ rpm) in 1950, also with Flora's cover art.
In a 1990 interview, Flora said, "Burl Ives was a troublemaker. His wife handled his affairs and if you forgot some da-da-da, she was on the phone to the president of Columbia. I don’t know whether we had to do this over again or what."