3/14/2005 12:40:00 PM|||peter patnaik|||Stagolee is one of the most famous blues ballads, one that represent both the blues and history of violence and masculinity in American society. The purpose of this week is not to discuss the murder of Billy Lyons, the mythology of Lee Shelton or the lasting impact of the song really. I see this week as a way for the blues public to share their favorite version of the song and doing so tell a little bit about themselves and their own history with the song and the blues. I feel that I could have picked my favorite 30 Stagolee tracks, combined that with a slick essay that cities Cecil Brown's wonderful Stagolee Shot Billy but what would that mean? I wouldn't have picked a lot of these songs, because they aren't pre-war blues or because I don't the singer or as in the case of a bunch of them, because I haven't heard them. I hope that people continue to send in their favorite versions of the song, also if anyone knows if Lucille Bogan's version has been found or is on a CD please let me know.
Simon from Spoil Victorian Child sent me this wonderful Wilson Pickett version that I hadn't heard before, a cover of Lloyd Price's original soul take on the ballad.
Wilson Pickett - Stagger Lee
Josh Guthman from Molinillo writes about Bama a prisoner that Alan Lomax recorded, version of Stackerlee
"This one is acapella. This verse -- a dialogue between Billy
& Stack -- is one of my favorites:
"Now one of them is a boy, Stack,
And the other one is girl."
"But if you love your children, Billy Lyons,
You will have to meet them in the other world."
Bama - Stackerlee
Grant Olsen writes very succincly about why I love Mississippi John Hurt's version of the Stack-O-Lee Blues:
Police Officer, How can it be?
You can 'rest everybody but cruel Stack O' Lee.
Mississippi John Hurt - Stack - O - Lee Blues|||111083570504794776|||Stagolee Week Begins!