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St. James Infirmary Blues

Red Allen &
The Alex Welsh Band


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Filmed live in Europe on May 5th 1964 featuring Henry "Red" Allen trumpet, accompanied by the "Alex Welsh Band" consisting of 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 it has at times been credited to Irving Mills' publishing pseudonym Joe Primrose it's author remains uncertain. The song was made popular by Louis Armstrong's 1928 recording, but was first recorded the year before as "Gambler's Blues" by Fess Williams' "Royal Flush Orchestra".

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