Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Betty Boop’s Snow White.


Folks, I’m goin’ down to St. James Infirmary,
See my baby there;
She’s stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.

Let her go, let her go, God bless her,
Wherever she may be,
She will search this wide world over,
But she’ll never find another sweet man like me.

Now when I die, bury me in my straight-leg britches,
Put on a box-back coat and a stetson hat,
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
So you can let all the boys know I died standing pat.

An’ give me six crap shooting pall bearers,
Let a chorus girl sing me a song.
Put a red hot jazz band at the top of my head
So we can raise Hallelujah as we go along.

Folks, now that you have heard my story,
Say, boy, hand me another shot of that booze;
If anyone should ask you,
Tell ‘em I’ve got those St. James Infirmary blues


i’m in love with this


Cab Calloway singing “St. James Infirmary Blues” in Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoon, Snow White (1933).


One of my favorite performances of St. James Infirmary is this one by Cab Calloway. Cab Calloway recorded several versions of this song, but I think this one is especially unique and noteworthy - check out those Chaplin-esque theatrics!

Taken from his 1947 film, “Hi Di Ho”


“In the Betty Boop short film "Snow White”, Koko the Clown (voiced by Cab Calloway) sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” when he believes Betty Boop is dead. Cab Calloway’s voice is unique and specially eerie for this song. Koko’s dancing during the “St. James” number is rotoscoped from footage of Calloway.“


Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary Blues”

One of my favorite scenes in animation history.

The year is 1933. It’s a short, two minute-ish scene from Betty Boop's Snow White from the Fleischer Studios. Max Fleischer invented the rotoscope process. Roland Crandall was the animator of the film. Cab Calloway was filmed singing “St. James Infirmary Blues,” and rotoscoped, transforming into Koko the Clown.



“He looked at me the wrong way.
It’s not a good idea to look at Tommy Shelby the wrong way.”

01. David Lynch - The Night Bell With Lighting, 02. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand, 03. The Black Keys - Sinister Kid, 04. The White Stripes - St. James Infirmary Blues, 05. The Dead Weather - Rocking Horse, 06. The Dubliners - The Rocky Road To Dublin, 07. Flogging Molly - Devil’s Dance Floor, 08. The Builders And The Butchers - Devil Down, 09. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs - Devil Do, 10. Hans Zimmer - Not In Blood, But In Bond, 11. Kate Rusby - I Am Stretched On Your Grave


Koko the Clown (voiced by Cab Calloway) sings “St. James Infirmary Blues” in the Betty Boop short film “Snow White” (1933).

I’m so weirdly addicted to this video. Cab Calloway’s voice is perfect in this song and it’s so strange and trippy and melty that I can’t stop watching it.