Those Gambler's Blues !
James Charles Rodgers, known professionally as the Singing Brakeman and America’s Blue Yodeler, was the first performer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was honored as the Father of Country Music, “the man who started it all.”
From many diverse elements—the traditional melodies and folk music of his southern upbringing, early jazz, stage show yodeling, the work chants of railroad section crews and, most importantly, African-American blues—Jimmie Rodgers evolved a lasting musical style which made him immensely popular in his own time and a major influence on generations of country artists.
Anyway, this is one of my all time favorite (nothing personal ,no no really-hahaha-) !
This song was published in Carl Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag,” in 1927 as “Those Gambler’s Blues.” Most references that I could find regarding the song “St. James Infirmary” say that it was written and copyrighted by Joe Primrose (in fact Irving Mills !) in 1929.
It’s definitely the same song, and Carl Sandburg not only didn’t mention Joe Primrose in 1927, he spoke of the song as if it was already an old song with apparently no known author.
Ok ok, stop reading & enjoy the song !
Jimmie Rodgers - Those Gambler's Blues
(And for your listening pleasure, another song by Jimmie Rodgers (quite the same actually-but hey, FANTASTIC lyrics ! – Breathtaking Blues goes to Mr bbb !)
Jimmie Rodgers - Gambling Bar Room Blues
Rhythm Willie - Breathtaking Blues