Song 6: St James Infirmary Blues

SONG: St James’ Infirmary ARTIST: Armstrong and his Hot Five YEAR: 1929 Listen to it here: THE SONG: St James Infirmary was made famous by Louis Armstrong, but no one knows for sure the origins of this song or the author.  A man named Joe Primrose is often credited with the song, holding theContinue reading “Song 6: St James Infirmary Blues”

Song 2: St. Louis Blues

SONG: St. Louis Blues ARTIST: Bessie Smith YEAR: 1925 Listen to it here: THE SONG: St. Louis Blues was written in 1913 by W.C. Handy and was a massive hit, despite there being no music charts (they charted the song’s success by sheet music sales!).  Many blues songs at the time were traditional orContinue reading “Song 2: St. Louis Blues”