Baba Blues, Louis Armstrong “St. James Infirmary Blues”

Or Mishal
2 min readApr 11, 2022
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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.

The Swedish duo Baba Blues version has resonated on the beautiful arrangement of sound, saxophone, and two guitars in an exceptionally polished sound.

Baba Blues — St James Infirmary

Louis Armstrong — St. James Infirmary Blues

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