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Feat. Louis Armstrong


This record was cut in New York City on January 14th 1925 featuring Bessie Smith vocals, Louis Armstrong cornet, and Fred Longshaw harmonium.

*"St. Louis Blues" was composed by W.C. Handy. Though accounts vary Handy himself stated that he first encountered the song's melody and some of the lyrics from a woman distressed over her absent husband in St. Louis, Missouri in 1892.

Bessie's is the most popular version of this song ever recorded.

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