Wednesday, June 24, 2009

All this over a $5 Stetson hat

Lloyd Price had a big hit with Stagger Lee

Nick Cave changed it up quite a bit, but it's the same old story, isn't it? (language alert!)

Hank Shizzoe and Sonny Landreth

Taj Mahal - Stack O Lee

Lee Shelton, known as Stag Lee, shot William Lyons in a dispute over a hat in St. Louis in 1895. For more on the story and the legend, visit The Stagger Lee Files Over 50 different performers have recorded versions of this enduring story-song.

Six big horses and a rubber-tired hack,
Taking him to the cemetery, buy they failed to bring him back.
All about that John B. Stetson hat.

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