St. James Infirmary Blues


Artie Shaw and his Orchestra : St. James Infirmary Blues

An American blues song of uncertain origin.


Style:  Jazz

Date Recorded: November 12, 1941

Composer: Irving Mills aka Joe Primrose



Charted: In 1942 ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ charted on Billboard for 1 week at #18

Wikipedia: St. James Infirmary Blues

Name: Hot Lips Page

Artie Shaw and his Orchestra

  • Artie Shaw, clarinet, directing
  • Steve Lipkins, first trumpet
  • Aniello “Lee” Castaldo (later Castle), Max Kaminsky, Oran “Hot Lips” Page, trumpets
  • Jack Jenney, first trombone; Ray Conniff, Morey Samel, trombones
  • Les Robinson, first alto saxophone
  • Charlie DiMaggio alto saxophone
  • Mickey Folus, Georgie Auld, tenor saxophones
  • Artie Baker, baritone saxophone
  • Johnny Guarnieri, piano
  • Ed McKinney, bass
  • Mike Bryan, guitar
  • Dave Tough, drums
  • Violins: Leo Persner, Bernard Tinterow, Raoul Poliakine, Leonard Posner, Max Berman, Irving Raymond, Bill Ehrenkranz, Alex Beller, Truman Boardman
  • Violas: Morris Kohn, Sam Rosenblum, Leonard Atkins
  • Celli: George Taliarkin, Fred Goerner, Edoardo Sodero


I went down to St James’ Infirmary,
I saw my baby there,
Stretched out on a long white table,
So cold, so sweet, so fair.

Let her go, let her go, God bless her,
Wherever she may be.
She can look this wide world over,
She’ll never find another sweet man like me.

Though she treated me mean and lowdown,
Somehow I didn’t care.
Well the Lord knows she was a good girl,
And I’ll see her again up there.

Now when I die I want you to bury me in gentleman’s glove shoes,
A box back suit and a stetson hat.
Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain
So the boys’ll know that I died standin’ fast.

Label: Victor

St. James Infirmary Blues - Artie Shaw and his Orchestra

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