Saint Louis Blues (song)

"The Saint Louis Blues" (or "St. Louis Blues") is a popular American song composed by W. C. Handy in the blues style and published in September 1914. It was one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song and remains a fundamental part of jazz musicians' repertoire. Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, Peanuts Hucko, and the Boston Pops Orchestra (under the directions of both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhart) are among the artists who have recorded it. The song has been called "the jazzman's Hamlet".[3] Composer William Grant Still arranged a version of the song in 1916 while working with Handy.[4][5]:310

"The Saint Louis Blues[1]"
Sheet music cover
Single by Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong, cornet
B-side"Cold in Hand Blues"
PublishedSeptember 11, 1914 (1914-09-11)
Pace & Handy Music Co. Memphis, Tenn.[1]
ReleasedApril 10, 1925 (1925-04-10)
RecordedJanuary 14, 1925 (1925-01-14)[2]
GenreBlues
Length2:46
LabelColumbia 14064D
Songwriter(s)W. C. Handy

The 1925 version sung by Bessie Smith, with Louis Armstrong on cornet, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993. The 1929 version by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (with Red Allen) was inducted in 2008.


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