March 11, 2011

Stackalee Variations

"William Lyons, 25, a levee hand, was shot in the abdomen yesterday evening at 10 o’clock in the saloon of Bill Curtis, at Eleventh and Morgan Streets, by Lee Shelton, a carriage driver. Lyons and Shelton were friends and were talking together. Both parties, it seems, had been drinking and were feeling in exuberant spirits. The discussion drifted to politics, and an argument was started, the conclusion of which was that Lyons snatched Shelton’s hat from his head. The latter indignantly demanded its return. Lyons refused, and Shelton withdrew his revolver and shot Lyons in the abdomen. When his victim fell to the floor Shelton took his hat from the hand of the wounded man and coolly walked away. He was subsequently arrested and locked up at the Chestnut Street Station. Lyons was taken to the Dispensary, where his wounds were pronounced serious. Lee Shelton is also known as ‘Stagger’ Lee.”       
 - St.Louis Globe-Democrat 1895

Stag, Stack, Stackerlee, Stack O’Lee, Stack-a-Lee. Cab driver, "Macks" pimp exotic. No mere urban stroller; an object to be observed. Counterweight John Henry and bad man - no doubt. Persistent legendary tweaker. Power fought and to be fought.

Go Stagger Lee. Go Stagger Lee.

01 Billy Lyons and Stack O'Lee - Furry Lewis
02 Original Stack O'Lee Blues - Long "Cleve" Reed & Little Harvey Hull
03 Stack-A-Lee Pts 1 & 2 - Archibald
04 Old Stack O'Lee Blues - Sidney Bechet
05 Wrong'em Boyo - The Rulers
06 Stagger Lee - Ike & Tina Turner
07 Staggolee - Pacific gas & Electric
08 Stack-O-Lee - Fruit Jar Guzzlers
09 Stagger Lee - Foghorn Stringband
10 Stagger Lee - Professor Longhair
11 Stack O'Lee Blues - Ma Rainey
12 Stack-O-Lee - Champion Jack Dupree
13 Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
14 Stagger Lee - Woody Guthrie
15 Stagolee - Hogman Maxey
16 Stack-O-Lee - King, Queen, Jack
17 Stagger Lee - Henry Gray

Oddi wrth y brawd


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Goofy said...

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