BASIN STREET BLUES

Latest update on 26/02/2018

Artist: Louis Armstrong's Hot Five
Author: Spencer Williams
Label: Okeh
Year: 1928

Dixieland classic. Basin Street borders the former Storyville, New Orleans' red light district until it was shut down (by order of the US Navy authorities) in 1917. It's the borderline between French Quarter and the Precincts. On the small St. Louis cemetery, scenes were shot for the Easy Rider film and it's the last resting place for jazz legends and voodoo queens alike (the Barbarin family, Marie Laveau Sr & Jr). Basin Street hits actual Armstrong Park with Congo Square (see there). Author Spencer Williams grew up on Basin Street. His mother and her sister had a brothel there. Spencer played piano at Mahogany Hall, Lulu White's poshiest bordello in Storyville.

Covers:

1931:

Charleston Chasers [supergroup with Jack Teagarden (vocal), Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller (arrangement) and Gene Krupa]

1933:

Fats Waller

1933:

Roosevelt Sykes

1933:

Rollickers

1935:

Louis Prima [& his New Orleans Gang]

1935:

Benny Goodman [vocal: Joe Harris]

1937:

Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell

1938:

Mills Brothers

1949:

Ella Fitzgerald

1955:

Julie London

1959:

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges

1959:

Dave Brubeck

1959:

Barbara Dane

1960:

Dutch Swing College Band

1960:

Ray Charles

1961:

Jack Teagarden [the first to sing it (with the Charleston Chasers)]

1963:

Helen Shapiro

1963:

Sam Cooke

1964:

Jimmy Smith

1982:

Chris Barber & Dr. John

1992:

Dr. John

2005:

Diana Krall [on hurricane Katrina benefit concert Higher Ground]

2010:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band [vocal: Merle Haggard]

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