WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN

Latest update on 18/11/2014

Artist: Paramount Jubilee Singers
Author: traditional
Label: Paramount
Year: 1923

Apocalyptic hymn from the Book of Revelations. Developed as a song in the Bahamas and in New Orleans, where early in the twentieth century it became a funeral standard. Played in a slow version while on their way to the graveyard, quicker on the way out. Buddy Bolden was reported to be the very first to integrate this kind of church stuff into his dancehall routine.

Covers:

1926:

Bo Weevil Jackson [as When The Saints Come Marching Home]

1927:

Barbecue Bob [as When The Saints Go Marching In]

1928:

Blind Willie Davis

1938:

Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

1939:

Louis Armstrong

1951:

Weavers

1951:

Hank Williams

1952:

Red Foley

1956:

Bill Haley [as Saints Rock And Roll; hit UK]

1956:

Elvis Presley [with Red West and Charlie Hooton]

1956:

Million Dollar Quartet

1958:

Jerry Lee Lewis [on debut album]

1958:

Henri Salvador [als Oh! Quand les saints]

1959:

Fats Domino

1959:

Annie Cordy [as Ca va comme ça]

1960:

Bobby Hackett

1960:

Lightnin' Hopkins

1961:

Tony Sheridan & The Beat Brothers [B-side of My Bonnie]

1964:

Fred McDowell

1964:

Fred & Annie Mae McDowell

1964:

Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry

1969:

Tommy McCook [reggae version as The Saint, produced by Duke Reid]

1974:

Wanda Jackson

1978:

Big Joe Williams

1994:

Snooky Pryor [all as When The Saints Go Marching In]

1996:

Little Georgie & The Shufflin Hungarians [in Saints Medley]

1999:

Campbell Brothers & Willie Eason

2002:

Precious Bryant

2004:

Dr. John [with Mavis Staples]

2005:

Eddie Bo [on Our New Orleans - A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast]

2007:

Bruce Springsteen [with the Sessions Band Live In Dublin]

2008:

Ollabelle

2011:

B.B. King

According to jazz critic Al Rose this tune was first published as a Baptist hymn in 1916 and credited to Edward Boatner, the man behind reli-classic He's Got The Whole World In His Hands (see there). Not to be confused with When The Saints Are March­ing In, written by Katherine Purvis and James Black in 1896.

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