Sunday, June 4, 2023

St. James Infirmary - Another Version

Yesterday's post featured a version of the St. James Infirmary Blues, performed by Arlo Guthrie.

The classic has been recorded by almost everyone.

But my friend Gentleman Jim commented that he heard a version many years ago that had become his all time favorite.

That performance was by the legendary New Orleans trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

I'm sure I too had heard that version back in my younger days and since I, too, am a big fan of Satchmo I thought I'd offer it up here and give all of you readers, commenters and lurkers a chance to say which is YOUR favorite.


  1. Ever see the picture of schoolboy Hugh Masakela running down the street and leaping the air with the trumpet Louis Armstrong gave him? Satchmo was as good a human as he was a musician

  2. It's hard to decide but I have to go with Arlo since I'm a big fan of his and I think I relate to his version more. Love them both though.

  3. I love anything by Louis Armstrong. Thank you!
    ---Cheerful Monk

  4. That is a tough choice, I like them both but this one is a classic.