This may have very little to do with “St. James Infirmary” or New Orleans, but it does have to do with music and place.
This very pleasing account of the sounds of doo-wop on subway platforms comes from Scrapple From The Apple:
At this subway stop, just below Carnegie Hall, there’s an alcove waiting area. It is sandwiched between the men’s and women’s bathrooms which are open at the whim of the attendant. These whims are generally not favorable.
The acoustics, however, are. It’s where the Doo-Wop groups from all over New York City convene to practice and perform, singing tunes of the 50’s and 60’s, from groups like the Platters, Coasters, and Drifters, some Sam Cooke, and a few gospel standards.
Read the rest here.