[Dixielandjazz] stackolee/stagger lee

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 8 20:36:43 PST 2003

Hi all,

I'm just guessing on this but I wouldn't be surprised if the earliest 
recording was by Huddie Ledbetter (otherwise known as "Leadbelly").  Check 
what the Lomax guys did.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill "Just guessing" Gunter

>From: Dan Augustine <ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu>
>To: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] stackolee/stagger lee
>Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 14:23:24 -0600
>Rae Ann and DJML--
>     I usually enclose a name or phrase in double quotes and get Google to 
>find it.  In this case, typing "Stagger Lee Blues" (WITH the double-quotes) 
>resulted in only 24 hits, while "Stagger Lee" found 19,200 hits.
>     On the latter list, there's a website at:
>                    http://www.torrez.org/archives/000454.php
>which discusses someone collecting songs with this title; he's got about 24 
>of them so far.
>     "Stackolee Blues", on the other hand results in only 8 hits and the 
>question from Google, "Did you mean: 'Stackalee Blues'"?, on which you can 
>also click to see more hits for that spelling.
>     The upshot: you get far more information than you want or need.  You 
>can limit the number of hits by appending +dixieland to your 
>search-criteria, and Google will only return you those pages where the word 
>'dixieland' is in some kind of close proximity (i don't know how close).
>     Hope that helps.
>     Dan
> >From: RAHBerry at aol.com
> >Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 15:09:13 EST
> >
> >Can someone please tell me who made the first (or an early) record of
> >Stackolee Blues (or Stagger Lee Blues)?  I've known this title, but not 
>the tune.  I heard it played yesterday and liked it a lot.
> >My searches so far have turned up versions by the Greatful Dead, Jerry 
> >Lewis, Taj Mahal, and Mississippi John Hurt.  Somehow, I think there must 
> >been earlier versions.  Any help out there?
> >I'd love to hear the best way to do a search like this on the internet.
> >TIA,
> >Rae Ann
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