The Swedish duo “Baba Blues” version resonated with the beautiful arrangement of sound, harmonica, and two acoustic guitars that received a polished sound.
“St. James Infirmary Blues” is a blues song and American jazz standard whose origin is unclear. Louis Armstrong made the song famous in his 1928 recording. Don Redman’s name was attributed as a composer / later editions gave the name Joe Primrose, a fictitious name of Irving Mills.
The melody is 8 bars long, unlike the songs in the classic blues genre, where there are 12 bars. The song was sometimes dubbed “Gambler’s Blues” and is often considered a folk song by an American of unknown origin.
Some say that “St. James Infirmary Blues” is based on an eighteenth-century traditional folk song called “The Unfortunate Rake” (also known as “The Unfortunate Lad” or “The Young Man Cut Down in His Prime”). About a soldier who spends his money on prostitutes and then dies of venereal disease.
Baba Blues — St James Infirmary
Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary Blues