Monday, April 27

Stagger Lee

Wikipedia - "'Stagger Lee', also known as 'Stagolee' and other variants, is a popular American folk song about the murder of Billy Lyons by 'Stag' Lee Shelton in St. Louis, Missouri at Christmas, 1895. The song was first published in 1911, and was first recorded in 1923 by Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. A version by Lloyd Price reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. ... He was well known locally as one of the "Macks", a group of pimps who demanded attention through their flashy clothing and appearance. In addition to these activities, he was the captain of a black 'Four Hundred Club', a social club with a dubious reputation. On Christmas night in 1895, Shelton and his acquaintance William 'Billy' Lyons were drinking in the Bill Curtis Saloon. Lyons was also a member of St. Louis' underworld, and may have been a political and business rival to Shelton. Eventually, the two men got into a dispute, during which Lyons took Shelton's Stetson hat. ..."
The Song and Myth of Stagger Lee
The Mystery of Stack-O-Lee
A Brief History of Stagger Lee and Billy Lyons
[PDF] The Story of Stagger Lee
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