Stagolee (live performance with Anne Price)
Traditional African-American folk song. Back-up vocals by Anne Price. Recorded live at Walthamstow Folk Club in London, England, May 9, 2010.
Peak: #145 (150,315 songs currently in Acoustic)
Peak in sub-genre: #13 (13,363 songs currently in Folk)
July 30, 2010
MP3 3.4 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
Traditional © Public domain
Story behind the song
Traditional African-American folk song. The character of Stagolee was likely inspired by a Saint Louis taxicab driver and pimp named Lee Shelton, also known as Stag Lee, Stack Lee, or Stagger Lee. Shelton shot and killed one William Lyons on Christmas Eve 1895 after Lyons had snatched his hat. Shelton, however, was never hanged for the crime. He was instead sentenced to life imprisonment, and he died of TB behind bars in 1912.