Louis Armstrong: St. James Infirmary


Louis Armstrong St. James Infirmary from The Best of Jazz Classics



Bill Williams
A Grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans known as the "Back of Town." His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant, His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans. His first gains were the coins that were thrown to them. A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had immigrated from Lithuania to the USA had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home. Initially given 'work' in the house, to feed this hungry child. There he remained and slept in this Jewish families home where, for the first time in his life he was treated with kindness and tenderness. When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian Lullaby that he would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family. The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as was the custom in the Jewish families. They sincerely admired his musical talent. Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and Go Down Moses. The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family he had learned "how to live real life and determination." You might recognize his name. This little boy was called Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!
jigsawzoubir
Louie is the only guy that can make you smile in the middle of one of the saddest songs ever.
Jasmine Baloyan
"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." ~ Louis Armstrong
QuantumSkyburner
"Hahaha braggin"
Orl Cal
The tempo is so slow the song almost feels as if it's about to break apart and each beat drift away. It's beautiful, as slow as it can afford to be.
Andre Mdn
I went down to St. James Infirmary Saw my baby there She was 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 But she'll never find a sweet man like me (*Laughter* braggin') When I die bury me in straight lace shoes I want a box-back coat and a Stetson hat (John B., that is) Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain So the boys will know that I died standin' pat
A Person
I see dislikes...How is this possible?
Michael Maletin
This is so hauntingly beautiful it hurts
Hamza Larry
01:52 AM in bed drinking a warm cup of rooibos tea, listening to Louis & in the background i hear Cape Town winds telling winter is here...
Sydney Peters
I don't know why this is on my mind so strong tonight. Thought I would share. When I was about 16 I went to breakfast alone with my Papa (grandfather). Before we went in we sat in the parking lot for probably 30 minutes with him fiddling with the radio trying to get the CD to play a certain song. I told him it was no problem and that I could look it up, but he wanted me to listen to it right then. I felt such a connection to him and that song. Its a happy memory but I still get teary when I hear it. One of my regrets is not requesting it to be played at his funeral. But I think he knows what it means to me.
linda doty
He plays this so slowly I am just on the edge of my seat waiting for the next note...........Nobody any better than Satchmo...........
pg123fish
must have watched 20 versions before I got here.  Should started here first.  NOBODY tops this.
Marvin Lucas
Back in 1999 I had a young girlfriend that died on me. All I could think about was this song.
Shadow Fright
Koko The Clown brought me here. :3
tmvrocks
I want this played at my funeral.
AndrewGurn
I had to check this out since it's mentioned in the novel I'm reading, "The Plague" by Albert Camus. At least one of those thumbs down is Dr. Rieux's.
Dadboss
I thought I liked Cab Calloway's version, but Louis....you got him beat!
Jen Mccaleb
Probably one of my favorite songs done by Louis. His playing and voice transcends generations and time itself.
Lee Tilghman
who downvotes Louis Armstrong?
MoonLady
I love how he laughs and says bragging... :D
Adikshith Ojha
Hugh Laurie brought me here and boy am I glad he did.
Christine Cha
Wow, a new depth is felt when I listen to him play, like my world changed somehow. This song gives me the chills and my soul is swayed to and fro with the song
Emin Hacıyev
"Taste of Cherry" brought me here...
bluegender2005
The Camus' Plague brought me here
CoMa
Listening to this on lsd has to be one of the single most beautiful moments i have experienced in my life. Louis Arsmstrong is a true musician, always played straight from the heart.
mark ciale
As moving and chilling as the day it was first recorded.
Gigi Erba
St. James Infirmary, Louis Armstrong I went down to St. James Infirmary Saw my baby there She was stretched out on a long white table So cool, so sweet, so fair Let her go, let her go, God bless her Wherever she may be She can look this wide world over But she’ll never find a sweet man like me  ( braggin') When I die bury me in straight lace shoes I wanna a box-back coat and a Stetson hat Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain So the boys’ll all know that I died standing pat
Shakly Show
woooohwee. that song gave me the chills- the good kind. If it wasn't for the BioShock and Fallout games, I wouldn't have found these nice tunes.
robert simpson
the best trumpet ever!
Armand
Camus - La Peste ...
poppachubby chubby
Bass – Mort Herbert Clarinet, Backing Vocals – Peanuts Hucko Drums – Danny Barcelona Piano – Billy Kyle Trombone – Trummy Young Trumpet, Vocals – Louis Armstrong
gental robots
This is a great song to smoke to
turbostewi
Dr. House/ Hugh Laurie brought me here
BigSpiderback
Louis said that the Karnofsky family taught him to sing from the heart; and King Oliver taught him to play the melody.I met Louis when he invited me into his dressing room at intermission. Louis recordings were so powerful and authoritative, I was shocked at how short he was in person.Louis' recordings taught everybody how to swing with a gorgeous tone and play high notes with beauty.
Nathan Bjørnson
Makes me think of when Katrina hit.
Pintobill McMeyer
A towering musical talent...
Noémie Legras
Never tired of this song !!! <3
bonghoger
this is a ripper! absolutely rockin
Peggy Ferrera
Can't beat Louis Armstrong!! No matter where your at on Bourbon St. You'll always hear this song~~
Osbaldo Mocino
The soul in the song makes my heart so warm. A true legend, Louis
youssoupha fall
Sublime beauté de merveille Plaisir des Oreilles rythme infiniment tendrement magnifique totalement renversante Sony voix émotions de Plaisir respectueusement Merci
LesPaul2006
Braggin :)
Lachlan.
This is the most unsettling song I've ever listened to
Nodovico Settembrini
Alber Camus - La Peste...
Jon Buckley
This is a particularly good version.
Switcharoo12
Camus's "The Plague" brought me here.
4c00h
summertime, eleanor rigby, st james infirmary - anyone else hear the similarities?
Alex Depalex
Beautiful pitch black music.
Vincent Washington
I thought Bobby Blue Bland had the best version of this unforgettable Blues&Jazz classic but Louie showed me better
František Kára
brutal
Margi Lebold
For me this is the iconic version of this song.  Wonderful!!!
Sebastian Richards
I went down to St.James Infirmary Saw my baby there Sat down on a long white table So sweet, so cold, 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 a sweet man like me When I die I want you to dress me in straight lace shoes Boxback coat and a Stetson hat Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain So the boysll know that I died standin' pat
BlazzingSaber
This deserves another replay...
arnaud bouchet
une icone du jazz; so pretty ....
Kuba Jakubowski
I wasn''t familiar with this version and its... The best one! Pops is the greatest by all means.
Vincent Washington
God Bless Her Wherever She May Be...in Jesus name, Amen 🙏
Martin Cook
160 people don't like this....imagine that
Jefferson Steelflex
I went down to St.James Infirmary Saw my baby there She was 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 But she'll never find a sweet man like me When I die bury me in shoes, I want a Boxback coat and a Stetson hat Put a twenty dollar gold piece on my watch chain So the boys will know that I died standin' pat
syd chaden
The Lord packed an incredible combination of talent and personality into Louis Armstrong.
The Right Honourable Jimmy
I want to go to New Orleans because of that great man
Maurice GONNARD
Fabuleux ! aussi fort et émouvant que celui d'Earl Hines !
Keira Lancaster
it makes my chest ache, oh God I love it
Gottfried Lenz
Чума привела меня сюда P.S.: А. Камю
Falcon
1001 songs to listen to before you die?
CommandonerBob 1
*_His voice is a time machine. So intimate, it's like he's here in the room. So loving, it's like he is a friend of every one of us. Now: that's the way to be!_*
Damian O.
Good while reading The Plague (Camus) : )
lilredbaby1979
The Best Of the Best everybody Mr. Louis Armstrong the Greatest
Tymon H
Thoughts go out to the lives lost in Orlando
oscar tejeda
orgasmo auditivo
Nattaraht Legrand
Musique qui rappellle tous les amis et parents morts trop jeunes.
Renier Botha
1001 Songs Before You Die
Justin Thomas
first time hearing this today. Ive been missing out!
Lorenzo Paoletti
The house that Jack built - Lars Von Trier
petereuropa
A Stetson hat. That's right Louis.
Peder Lettstroem
A Stetson hat of course.
Face-Face In Space
the best animu
Kraap
guys love you if you love this and maybe you'll be amazed by this remix called "clem beatz - so cold so sweet so fair" from a fan who just wants you to be happy :)
Paula Alberti
El más grande de todos los tiempos. Como tocaba!
Wise Guy
Just when I thought I have heard everything music has to offer.
Audrey H
one of the best songs ever
SireSnipeAlot
New Orleans 1960 Irma K Doe and other greats.....
solamente cmg
Blues ... Muito foda .... É engraçado pensar qi ouvi essa musica muito foda num desenho de 1933 e to curtindo muito ela hj ....
Theodore Huxtable
Pops ad-lib game is crazy. 
Fabian Bajen
Alma! Muy interesante comparar esta versión con la de King Oliver, más exhuberante pero menos sentido
Paul ter Haar
Best version! Love that clarinet in the back. 420!
Racquel L. Hall
If your from Louisiana u feel this in your soul from the horns to Satchmo's dramatic voice 💛🖤💛🖤💛🖤💛
jo me jamo Jaime
Heard Cab Calloway's version first, but this is also beautiful
Charles peterson
I have half a hunch that is Jackie Teagarden on Trombone, and that is him calling out Louis for "braggin". And laughing.
maria do carmo silveira de souza
Muito muito muito bombombom ótimo
RexRussia88
I like koko the clown better
jasminmoonglow
Is this a song that is played for a "Second Line" in New Orleans/Louisiana? If I'm NOLA when I pass away, I want this song for my second line.
Uncouth Behavior
She'll never find a sweet man like me
Stephen James
Wish I had lungs like this....but I think I would have had to spend an eternity in smoky bars drinking moonshine.
Kevin
"The Plague" by Albert Camus brought me here.
Mischa Mischto
She'll never find a sweet man like me
Guarana Taravana
He he he heh he bragin
Switcharoo12
Camus's "The Plague" brought me here.
a child without an eye
braggin
Patrick Neilson
Now this is a good song, but to make it perfect.. add a plunger to the trumpet. It sounds 👌👌👌
Flavius Aetius
Merci Louis, god bless you.