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St. James Infirmary Blues

Red Allen &
The Alex Welsh Band


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"Live in Europe, 1964"


Filmed live in Europe on May 5th 1964 featuring Henry "Red" Allen trumpet, accompanied by the "Alex Welsh Band" consisting of Alex Welsh trumpet & leader, Roy Crimmins trombone, Al Cay tenor sax & clarinet, Fred Hunt piano, Jim Douglas guitar, Ron Mathewson double bass, and Lennie Hastings drums.

*"St. James Infirmary Blues" is based on an 18th-century English folk song titled "The Unfortunate Rake." Though at times it has been credited to Irving Mills' publishing pseudonym Joe Primrose it's true author remains uncertain. The song was first popularized by Louis Armstrong's 1928 recording, but was originally recorded the year before by Fess Williams' "Royal Flush Orchestra" and released under the title "Gambler's Blues".

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