Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Basin Street Blues
Here's Uncle Henry working up to his annual Christmas rendition of Basin Street Blues.
Basin Street ... is the street
Where all the white and dark folk meet
New Orleans ... land of dreams
You'll never miss them rice and beans
Way down south in New Orleans
Except all Uncle Henry recalls of the lyric is a little Louis Armstrong vocal flourish: doot de doo.
It was an ancient 78 rpm recording of the song (part of the Metung wind-up gramophone collection, long since lost) that first caught Uncle Henry's fancy. And here it is! The very record. Complete with the hot B side version. Isn't YouTube amazing? And unlike Uncle Henry, Louis Armstrong knows the words.