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“When the Saints Go Marching In” Is the Most Requested Jazz Song of All Time

According to the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, “When the Saints Go Marching In” is the most requested jazz song of all time. It has been called the “unofficial anthem of New Orleans,” a “jazz standard,” and “part of the canons” of jazz music.

Louis Armstrong is credited with taking the song from Christian hymn to mainstream hit. Following Armstrong’s lead, musicians like Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Bruce Springsteen, and others performed their renditions of the tune. A version of “The Saints” was even included on The Beatles’ first commercially released record.

In the video above, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs the beloved song in the Conference Center. The song is also included on the Choir’s CD Homeward Bound, an album featuring Bryn Terfel.