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Thread #46310 Message #3889176
Posted By: Lighter
18-Nov-17 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
But multiply the anomaly by the equally long odds that a collector (and a published collector at that) would have encountered one of the very, very few NS singers whose version stemmed from the Appalachians.
The simpler explanation (thus the one to be provisionally preferred) is that the NS version came ultimately from Britain or Ireland.