St. Louis Blues (William Christopher Handy)

Sources:

Wikipedia

Sheet Music:

Pace & Handy Music Co., 1914

Recordings:

1919 - Jim Europe's 369 U.S. Infantry Band [played as a Habanera]

1920 - Marion Harris -

1921 - Esther Bigeou - Oct. 5, 1921? - New York City - OKeh 8026

1921 - Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) - Victor 18772 -

1921-31 - Laura Rucker

1923 - W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band - New York City - OKeh 4896

1923-48 - Blind John Davies

1925 - Bessie Smith - Jan. 14, 1925 - New York City - 140241-1 Columbia 14064-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (harmonium)

1925 - Frank Ferera - 9561 Edison 51616 -

1925-28 - Fletcher Henderson

1925-36 - Gene Austin

1926 - Bessie Brown and her Jazz Band, Big Charlie Thomas -

1926 - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra - March 29, 1926 - New York City

1926/27 - Fats Waller (org.)

1927 - Sylvester Weaver, Walter Beasley -

1927 - Devines Wisconson Roof Orchestra -

1927 - Al Bernard Orchestra, Carl Fenton -

1927 - Johnny Dodds Trio - Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Bud Scott (g) - "The New St Louis Blues"

1927-34 - Johnnie Strauss

1928 - Martha Copeland, the Hall Johnson Choir

1928 - Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley

1928 - Katherine Henderson - cSept. 1928 - QRS R7024 - Katherine Henderson (v), Clarence Williams (p) And His Orchestra (Ed Allen (c), Ed Cuffee (tb), Arville Harris (cl))

1928/29 - Emmet Miller

1928-30 - Jim Jackson

1928-30 - Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees

1928-35 - Jack Purvis, Newton, Lloyd And His Varsity Eleven

1928-38 - Paul Robeson

1928-47 - Duke Ellington, Nanton, Joe "Tricky Sam", Cootie Williams

1929 - Bessie Smith - cAug. 1929 - New York City (Film Soundtrack Part 1,2,3,4) - Circle J 1016 - Bessie Smith (voc), Joe Smith (cor), Russell Smith (tp), Charlie Green (tb), Buster Bailey (cl), Happy Caldwell (ts), James P. Johnson (p), Charlie Dixon (bj), Harry Hull (b), Kaiser Marshall (d), The T. Rosamund Johnson And The Hall Johnson Choir (mixed vocal chorus)

1929 - Mobile Revelers (or as Georgia Serenaders, or as Alabama Harmonisers)

1929 - Nina Mae McKinney - Sung a cappella and hummed by Nina Mae McKinney in the film Hallelujah! (MGM, King Vidor)

1929 - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra with Henry "Red" Allen

1929-40 - Ray Ventura

1930 - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra - July 24, 1930

1930 - Jim Jackson

30s - Midge Williams

1932 - Bing Crosby

1932 - Mills Brothers - Brunswick

1932-37 - Milton Brown

1933 - Noble Sissle Orchestra

1933-36 - Boswell Sisters

1934 - Billy Cotton Band - MZ 232 Columbia CAR 2799

1934 - Art Tatum

1935-39 - Fats Waller (p)

1935-40 - Stéphane Grappelli & His Hot Four

1937 - Count Basie - Feb. 8-12, 1937 - Live at Chatterbox

1937 - Django Reinhardt - Sept. 9, 1937 - OLA 1952 - Django Reinhardt (g solo), Louis Gastè (g), Eugène d'Hellemmes (b)

1937 - The Swing Billies -

1937/38 - Maxine Sullivan, Claude Thornhill & Orchestra - June 14, 1937-June 29, 1938

1938 - Mildred Bailey with John Kirby and his orchestra - New York City - Sept. 29, 1938 - B-23516-1 ARC (Vocalion) - Mildred Bailey (voc), Charlie Shavers (tp), William "Buster" Balley (cl), Russell Procope (as), Billy Kyle (p), John Kirby (b), O'Neill Spencer (d), Red Norvo (xyl)

1939 - Benny Goodman, Helen Ward -

1939 - Lovie Austin And Her Blues Serenades, Alberta Hunter

1939 - Artie Shaw

1939-41 - Les Paul

1939-46 - Albert Ammons

1939-49 - The Pied Pipers

1940 - Valaida Snow - July 26, 1940 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Tono 21165 - Valaida Snow (v,t), Winstrup Olesen (t), Kai Moeller (cl), Leo Mathiesen (p), Helge Jacobsen (g), Christian Jensen (b), Kai Fischer (d)

40s - Anita O'Day, Stan Kanton and His Orchestra

40's - Mel Torme And The Mel-Tones, Sonny Burke

1940/41 - Sidney Bechet

1940/41 - Billie Holiday

1940/41 - Anne Shelton

1941 - Lena Horn - June 23, 1941

1941 - Lester Young

(1941/42) - Charlie and His Orchestra - Harlequin Records, on: German Propaganda Swing 1941-1942 (released 1994)

1941-45 - The Delta Rhythm Boys

1943 - Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards

1943/44 - Roy Eldridge

1944 - Larry Adler with John Kirby and his orchestra - Hamonica solo with orchestra Feb. 2, 1944 - Decca # 71726 23524A -

1944 - Eddie Condon & His All-Stars

1944 - Mary Lou Williams

1944 - Mildred Bailey, Roy Eldridge, Yank Lawson, Chris Griffin, Jimmy Maxwell, Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Remo Palmen, Al Hall, Specs Powell

1944/45 - James P. Johnson, Katherine Handy

1944-47 - Pearl Bailey

1944-47 - Jack Teagarden

1945 - Helen Humes - May 21, 1945 - Hollywood CA - AFRS-Jubilee 134, 211

1945 - Helen Humes - Aug. 3, 1945 - AFRS-Jubilee 144 - Helen Humes, Roy Eldridge?, Jack McVea...

1945-49 - Boyd Raeburn

1946 - Lead Belly - Dec. 9, 1946 - Salt Lake City UT - Rounder 1151, on: Bridging Lead Belly (released 1999) - Lead Belly (v,g)

1946 - Helen Humes - Hollywood CA - AFRS-Jubilee 187

1946/47 - Charles Brown, W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues Band

1946/47 - Ethel Waters

1947 - Danny Kaye - Dec. 1947

1947/48 - The Jubalaires

1947-49 - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra

1947-49 - Babs Gonzales

1947-54 - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys - MGM

1949 - Louis Armstrong

1949 - Erroll Garner

1949 - Sonny Rollins, Babs Gonzales & His Orchestra

1950 - Turk Murphy Jazz Band - on: Recorded Live at the Cinegrill: 1950

50s - Dinah Shore

1950-53 - Hot Lips Page

1950-54 - Lizzie Miles

1951 - Emile Barnes, The Louisiana Joymakers, DeDe and Billy Pierce - Aug. 30, 1951

1951 - Kid Thomas - Sept. 3, 1951

1951 - Eddie Heywood - on: Piano Moods

1951-53 - Slim Gaillard

1953 - Chet Atkins - RCA Victor, on: Chet Atkins' Gallopin' Guitar

1953 - Billy Eckstein with the Metronome All Stars - New York City - July 9, 1953

1953/54 - Billy Ward & The Dominoes

1954-57 - Deep River Boys

1955 - Chris Barber's Jazz Band

1955 - Big Bill Broonzy - Oct. 27, 1955 - London UK - Nixa 1005, on: Mississippi Blues Vol. 1 - Big Bill Broonzy (v,g)

1955 - Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and His Orchestra - Feb. 1955 - RHCO33338 Columbia 40538

1955-59 - Cannonball Adderley

1955-65 - Roy Orbison

1956 - Big Bill Broonzy - June 1956 - Milan IT - Ricordi EP 3 - Big Bill Broonzy (v,g)

1956 - Kay Starr - on, Swingin' with Kay Starr

1956 - Big Joe Turner - on: Boss of the Blues: Joe Turner sings Kansas City Jazz

1956 - Josh White - Jan. 30/31, 1956 - Wooded Hill, on: Blues And... (released 1998)

1956-58 - Shirely Bassey

1956-61 - Kid Ory - Verve

1957 - Wilbur DeParis - Atlantic, on: New Orleans Blues

1957 - Louis Prima - on: The Wildest Comes Home

1957 - Herbie Mann's Californians - on: Great Ideas of Western Mann

1957 - Art Pepper - Jan 18-Mar 31, 1957 - on: Show Time

1957 - Lucy Reed - on: This Is Lucy Reed

1958 - Pat Boone - on: Star Dust

1958 - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Fullerton Junior College - May 1/2, 1957 - Columbia, on: Jazz Goes to Junior College

1958 - Nat King Cole - Jan. 29-31, 1958, Capitol, on: St. Louis Blues

1958 - Gil Evans - EMI, on: New Bottle, Old Wine

1958 - Ella Fitzgerald - on: Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert

1958 - Eartha Kitt - on: St. Louis Blues

1958 - Jimmie Smith - on: Six Views of the Blues

1958-63 - Les Paul, Mary Ford

1958-64 - Charlie Shavers, Ray Bryant Quartet

1959 - LaVern Baker - Aug. 28, 1957 - New York City - Atlantic, on: Blues Ballads - LaVern Baker, Taft Jordan, Jerome Richardson, Moe Wechsler, Allen Hanson, Charles Macey, Lloyd Trotman, Panama Francis, Trudy Marlin, Elise Bretton, Marjorie Miller, Robert Bollinger, Gene Steck, James Bryer

1959 - Perry Como - on: Como Swings

1959 - Duane Eddy - on: The Twang's the Thang

1959 - Ella Fitzgerald - on: Get Happy!

1959 - The Isley Brothers - on: Shout!

1959 - Brenda Lee, Anita Kerr Singers - on: Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang!

1959 - Mickey & Kitty - June 18, 1959 - New York City - Atlantic - Mickey (Baker) & Kitty (Noble), Hermann Foster, Lloyd Trotman, Panama Francis...

1959 - Pete Seeger - Folkways 2322, on: American Favorite Ballads: Volume Three

1959 - Jimmie Witherspoon - Live

1960 - Helen Humes - on: Songs I Like to Sing

1960 - Lonnie Johnson - April 5, 1960 - Englewood Cliffs NJ - Fantasy, on: Blues & Ballads - Lonnie Johnson (v,g), Elmer Snowden (g), Wendel Marshall (b)

(1960) - Otis Spann, Muddy Waters - July 3, 1960 - Newport RI - JSP 1070, on: Otis Spann: Rarest Recordings (released 1984) - Muddy Waters (v), James Cotton (h), Pat Hare (g), Otis Spann (p), Andrew Stephenson (b), Francis Clay (d)

1960? - Big Bill Broonzy - Murray Hill 4196, on: America's Folk Heritage

1961 - Ida Cox - April 12, 1961 - New York City - Riverside RLP 374, on: Blues For Rampart Street - Ida Cox (v), Coleman Hawkins Quintet (Roy Eldridge (tr), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d), Sammy Price (p))

1961 - Lucille Hegamin - on: Songs We Taught Your Mother

1961 - Peggy Lee - on: Blues Cross Country

1961 - Furry Lewis - on: Back on My Feet Again

1961 - Billie and De De Pierce - Jan. 27, 1961 - Riverside

1961 - Helen Shapiro

(1961) - Blind Connie Williams - May 5, 1961 - Philadelphia PA - Testament 2225, on: Philadelphia Street Singer (released 1974)

1962 - Henry "Red" Allen - on: Henry Red Allen Memorial Album

1962 - Ken Colyer's Jazzmen - on: This Is the Blues

1962/63 - Lou Rawls - Oct. 1, 1962-Aug. 7, 1963 - on: Black and Blue/Tobacco Road

1962/63 - Doc Watson - on: Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City (released 2001)

1963 - Ella Fitzgerald - Verve, on: These Are the Blues

1963 - Jimmy Reed - on: Jimmy Reed Sings the Best of the Blues

1963 - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Feb. 22, 1963 - on: The Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond

1963 - Victoria Spivey - Sept. 28, 1963 - Baden-Baden GER - 157 Spivey unissued - Victoria Spivey (v,u), Sonny Boy Williamson (h), Gunter Boas (p)

1964 - Earl Hines - March 7, 1964 - on: The Real Earl Hines: Recorded Live in Concert

1965 - Chuck Berry - Jan. 31, 1965 - London UK - Chess 1495, on: Chuck Berry in London - Chuck Berry (v,g), The Five Dimension (Bob Srivens (p), Jeff Krivet (g), Louis Cennamo (b), Chick Cattenhom (d))

(1965) - Lonnie Johnson - New York City (home of his close friend Bernie Strassberg) - Blue Magnet BM-1001, on: Lonnie Johnson, The Unsung Blues Legend. The Living Room Session (released 2000) - Lonnie Johnson (v,g)

1966 - Fats Domino - Aug. 6, 1965? - Las Vegas NV? - Mercury 21065, on: Southland U.S.A. (only promotional copies released) - Fats Domino (v,p), Dave Bartholomew? (tp), Herb Hardesty, Lee Allen, Buddy Hagans (ts), Clarence Ford (s), Roy Montrell (g), Jimmie Davis (b), Cornelius Coleman (d)

1966 - Rex Stewart & The Henri Chaix Orchestra - Baden, CH - June 12, 1966

1967 - Sam Chatmon - on: Blues When It Rains

1967-80 - Alice Gerrard, Mike Seeger

1972 - Art Hodges - Delmark, on: Up in Volly's Room

1974 - Etta James - on: Come a Little Closer

1974 - Terry Waldo's Gutbucket, Edith Wilson - Delmark, on: Ohio Theatre Concert

1975 - Ray Bryant - Oct. 15, 1975 - Black & Blue, on: Hot Turkey

1975 - Sammy Price & Fessor's Big City Band

(1975) - Johnny Shines - Feb. 19-21, 1975 - on: "Live" in Europe 1975 (released 2005)

1976 - The Flamin' Groovies - on: Shake Some Action

1976 - Teddy Wilson - on: Three Little Words

1976/77 - Carrie Smith

1977 - John Fahey - on: The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977

1977 - Al Grey/Arnett Cobb - Juyl 11, 1977

1977 - Lionel Hampton

1977 - Sun Ra - July 3, 1977 - on: St. Louis Blues: Solo Piano

1979 - Ray Brown Trio - on: Live at the Concord Jazz Festival

1980 - Kenny Burrell - May 27/28, 1980 - on: Heritage

1980 - Tiny Tim - TTHC, on: Chameleon

80s - Doc Watson/Merle Watson

1981 - Axel Zwingenberger

1985 - Howard Armstrong - Blue Suit, on: Louie Bluie

1986 - Max Collie - Timeless, on: Sensation

1987 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Fort Worth TX - Sep 4-7, 1985 - Rounder, on: Real Life

1989 - Linda Hopkins - June 12/13, 1989 - New York City - Fantasy F-9662, on: Blues On Broadway - Linda Hopkins (v), Spanky Davis, Red Holloway (ts), Britt Woodman (tb), Rodney Jones (g), Bobby Forester (org), Al McKibbon (bs), Grady Tate (d))

1990 - Tommy Flanagan Trio - Jan 17-19, 1989 - Timeless, on: Jazz Poet

1990 - Stephane Grappelli with McCoy Tyner - Milestone, on: One on One

1991 - Dana Gillespie/Joachim Palden - Dec 5-7, 1990 - Wolf, on: Boogie Woogie Nights

1993 - The Barrelhouse Jazz Band - L+R, on: 40 Jahre Barrelhouse Jazzband

1993 - Tiger Okoshi - Mar 14/16, 1993 - JVC, on: Echoes of a Note (A Tribute to Louis "Pops" Armstrong)

1993 - Cephas & Wiggins - Oct. 20/21, 1992 - Chesky, on: Bluesmen

1994 - Larry Coryell - CTI, on: I'll Be Over You

1994 - Deanna Kirk - New York City - Atlantic, on: Live at Deanna's

1994 - Bob Schulz & The Riverboat Ramblers - GHB, on: Together Again

1995 - Pasadena Roof Orchestra

1997 - Elly Wright - RST, on: Rainbow Round Your Soul

1998 - Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder - Verve, on: Gershwin's World

1998 - Ann Peebles and The Memphis Horns - on: River Of Song: A Musical Journey Down The Mississippi - The Southern Fusion. Louisiana. Where Music Is King

1999 - Wycliffe Gordon - Nagel Heyer, on: Slidin' Home

1999 - Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard - Dreamworks SKG, on: Ride with Bob

2001 - Archie Shepp - June 1, 1998 - Jazz Magnet, on: St. Louis Blues

2001 - Phil Upchurch - Evidence, on: Tell the Truth!

2002 - Al Broussard - Rabadash, on: Music of a Lifetime

2004 - Natalie Cole - Columbia, on: Lightning in a Bottle

2004 - Big Daddy O - Rabadash, on: Deranged Covers

2005 - Terry Gibbs - Mack Avenue, on: Feelin' Good: Live in Studio

2007 - Mr. B and Bob Seeley - Megawave, on: Back to Back

2007 - The Pine Hill Haints - K Records, on: Ghost Dance

2007 - Bruce Innes - Sun Valley Company, on: Nothin' But the Blues

2008 - Jack Rose - Beautiful Happiness, on: Dr. Ragtime & Pals/Self Titled

2008 - David Sanborn - Decca, on: Here & Gone

2009 - Linda Hornbuckle/Janice Scroggins - Psychedelta, on: Sista

2013 - Hugh Laurie - Jan. 1913 - Los Angeles CA - Warner, on: Didn't It Rain - Jean McClain, Hugh Laurie, Jay Bellerose, Kevin Breit, Vincent Henry, Greg Leisz, Robby Marshall, David Pitch, Patrick Warren, Larry Goldings, Elizabeth Lea, Gaby Moreno

 

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I hate to see that evening sun go down.
I hate to see the evening sun go down.
'Cause, my baby, he done left this town.

Feelin' tomorrow like I feel today.
Feelin' tomorrow like I feel today.
I'll pack my truck and make ma get away.

St. Louis woman with her diamond ring, pulls that man roun' by her apron strings.
'Twant for powder an' for store bought hair.
That man I love would have gone nowhere, nowhere.

Chorus:
I got the St. Louis Blues, yes, as blue as I can be.
That man's got a heart like a rock cast in the sea
Or else he wouldn't have gone so far from me.
I love my baby like a schoolboy loves his pie
Like a Kentucky colonel loves his mint'n rye
I love my man till the day I die.

Been to the Gypsy to get ma fortune tole
To de Gypsy done got ma fortune tole.
Cause I'm mostwile 'bout ma Jelly Roll.

Gypsy done tole me, 'don't aou wear no black'
Yes she done tole me don't you wear no black.
Go to St. Louis you can win him back.

Help me to Cairo make St. Louis by maself git to Cairo find ma ole friend Jeff,
Gwine to pin ma self close to his side.
If ah flag his train I sho' can ride.

Chorus:
A black headed gal make a freight train jump the track
Said a black headed gal make a freight train jump the track.
But a long tall gal makes a preacher ball the Jack.
Lawd, a blonde headed woman makes a good man leave the town
I said blonde headed woman makes a good man leave the town.
But a red headed woman makes a boy slap his papa down.

You ought to see dat stovepipe brown of mine
Lak he owns de Dimon Joseph line.
He'd make a crosseyed o' man go stone blind.

Blacker than midnight, teeth lak flags of truce
Blackest man in de whole St. Louis.
Blacker de berry sweeter is the juice.

About a crap game he knows a pow'ful lot but when worktime comes he's on de dot gwine to ask him for a cold ten spot.
What it takes to git it he's certhly got.

Chorus:
Oh ashes to ashes and dust to dust
I said ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
If my blues don't get you my jazzing must.



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