Rolling Stone calls Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) a “Greenwich Village folk-blues-jazz institution.” He has recently had a resurgence in popularity as the inspiration for the title character of the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. This song, “St. James Infirmary” was originally on his 1959 album GAMBLER’S BLUES. Here is a 1997 performance of the song by Ronk, recently released in the 2013 retrospective album DOWN IN WASHINGTON SQUARE.
David Browne “Meet the Folk Singer who Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.” Rolling Stone 2013 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/meet-the-folk-singer-who-inspired-inside-llewyn-davis-20131202