"St. James Infirmary Blues" - TED: Ideas worth spreading
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The song can be traced back to 19th century England and a folksong called The Unfortunate Rake which spawned several versions based on the same story line but with variations in the lyric. Basically the lyric is about a soldier or sailor who has just come from the infirmary where he has viewed the corpse of his lady friend. Walker speculates that which treated lepers in London was the basis for the infirmary in the title.
St. James Infirmary - Louis Armstrong | Song Info | AllMusic
The number and variety of jazz recordings, in addition to multiple versions by Dixieland bands and blues and pop singers, may be surprising. St. James Infirmary has been covered by the orchestras of , , and ; vocalists and ; organist , clarinetist , violinist , saxophonist , trombonist/vocalist , guitarist , and drummers and ; pianists , , , and . Reed man recorded it with a quartet in 2002; the Marsalis family featured it in 2003 with on their CD and DVD; vocalists and recorded it in 2002 and 2006.