A long time ago I corresponded with, and if I remember right, even spoke to, some folks in Holland putting together a two-part radio show of versions of “SJI.” (Here and here.) During that exchange I was informed that a version of “SJI” performed by Johnny Kendall & The Heralds was a huge hit there, back in the 1960s if I remember right.
I had never heard of Johnny Kendall. The Dutch radio folks later sent me a CD of various versions of “SJI” that I didn’t have, including that one.
More recently, this video appeared on YouTube. It’s Johnny Kendall & the De Maskers, and it’s clearly not from the 1960s, but rather fairly recent. (The YouTube notes say 2003.)
In another quick YouTube note, I’ve linked in the past to videos of an ice-skating routine, and a Fred Astaire dance routine, set to “SJI.” So I may as well include the below: A dancer’s self-choreographed piece to a later Armstrong version of “SJI,” performed here as an audition. It seems a little odd, almost intrusive, to link to it, but I guess the whole point of putting something on the web is so people can see it, right?