In My Ten Dollar Stetson Hat
Posted in Honey on 03.18.08

A few years ago we did a weeks worth of Stagolee tracks to much success, this year I hope to collect a number of versions of St. James Infirmary Blues as well as Dying Crapshooter Blues. I’m working on compiling a list of what i have (around 70-80 tracks so far), but unlike Stagolee which for as much as it was sung – it had a much more limited audience than St. James. I’m going to contact Rob Walker who wrote an amazing essay on the subject and who also maintains No Notes dedicated to the song and music in New Orleans.

Please send mp3s to pkpatnaik @

below is a the St. James Infirmary section of Betty Boop’s Snow White


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By Tom on 03.19.08 10:07 pm

Excellent! I look forward to it. I really enjoyed listening to all the versions of Stagolee a couple of years ago and St James Infirmary Blues has been one of my favourite songs since I first heard the White Stripes version, as well as Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell, which is based on it.

By John M on 03.23.08 5:55 pm

It is also one of my favorites as well. I posted about the song in November on my site. I have roughly 45 copies of which some are duplicates for sure. When you get the list compiled, I’ll send whatever you don’t have, if any. Looking forward to this endeavor.

By patrick on 03.25.08 11:14 am

thanks for introducing me to this old animation. it’s really amazing. i also checked out some Cab Calloway live performances which were magic

By Larry Epke on 03.27.08 2:27 pm

Yes, one of the great cartoon moments! Look for other early Betty Boop cartoons, which featured other artists (mostly non-white, as I recall). There’s one in which Louis Armstrong’s head chases a character back and forth across the screen. The Royal Samoans and Don Redmond appear in other Betty cartoons.

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