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!
“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.“
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.
AIN’T NOBODY GONNA LOVE YOU LIKE THE DEVIL DO; a Thomas Shelby mix [listen]
“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