"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 historical "Stagger Lee" was Lee Shelton, an African-American pimp living in St. Louis, Missouri in the late 19th century. He was nicknamed
"Stag Lee" or "Stack Lee", with a variety of explanations being given for the moniker: he was given the nickname because he 'went "stag"',
meaning he was without friends; he took the nickname from a well-known riverboat captain called "Stack Lee"; or, according to John and Alan Lomax,
he took the name from a riverboat owned by the Lee family of Memphis called the Stack Lee, which was known for its on-board prostitution. 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 reputatio
#2...the black keys....'stack shot billy'.....its awesome
#1...sam jackson from black snake moan....'stack o lee'.....(language)
a lot of people covered this song...woody guthrie..bob dylan...amy winehouse...the isley brothers...elton john...
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