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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Saturday Music Post - I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

Louis Armstrong claimed that he wrote "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" and sold it for $10 that he never received. Most sources, however, attribute it to the violinist Armand Piron, who published it in 1922. Both Armstrong and Piron were from New Orleans, which adds either credibility or motive to Armstrong's story, depending on what you want to believe. The song has been covered hundreds of times over its 100 years history, in jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, jug band, and even rock genres. (Oddly, I couldn't find a clip of Armstrong doing the song. Maybe he boycotted it.)

The clips are at The Faculty Lounge.

Posted by Steve Lubet on January 27, 2024 at 06:23 AM | Permalink

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