Inquiries into the early years of SJI

Friday, March 12, 2010

SJI on old-time radio - Again!

You will recall, a year ago WFHB public radio in Bloomington, Indiana, hosted a live radio show featuring none other than Carl Moore, early claimant to the authorship of "St. James Infirmary."

They're doing it again!

No, no, no - not the same show! Carl Moore will be (as far as I'm aware) nowhere in sight (or sound) - although my erstwhile contact, WFHB alumnus Mike Kelsey, assures me that Cab Calloway will be there. And that a Calloway tribute will feature a version of SJI (which was, for many years, Cab's signature song).

According to music charts compiled by Record Research Inc., for the days before there were any record charts, Cab Calloway was the first (and last???) person to have a top 40 hit with St. James Infirmary - in 1931.

So cuddle up to your radios for a live broadcast, from the famous Buskirk-Chumley Theater in beautiful downtown Bloomington, at 8 pm (Indiana time), for "Digital Daze" - including a tribute to the master of scat, the wizard of radio dance music, Cab Calloway.

Or . . . tune your desktops and laptops here for a live feed. Saturday, March 13th, at 8 o'clock p.m. - Indiana time.

2 comments:

vilstef said...

A fantastic download collection of St James Infirmary. (But I still have ones which are not on this collection. How many thousands of versions might there be? Who knows?)

http://www.filestube.com/b2e5f3b805b60b2703e9,g/st-james-infirmary-blues-pt-3.html

(This says part 3, but there are working download links for parts 1-6.)

Robert W. Harwood said...

I would guess that these downloads have been taken from the "honey, where you been so long" website, which made a special effort a year or two ago to bring together the many versions of SJI (http://prewarblues.org/

I believe the site's SJI folder (see the upper right of the home page)is "locked," pending a donation of $5 for access to its many many files.