Eddie Lang Playing Stack-O’-Lee Blues

August 20, 2009

Nicolai Foss

The rather trivial 1895 murder of William Lyons by Lee Shelton must have been covered in several hundred, slightly different, songs about “Stagger Lee”, “Stack-O-Lee”, “Stagolee”, etc., from Missisipi John Hurt to The Clash. I only realized today that jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang had participated in a 1928 recording of the song with Cliff Edwards (of Disney fame) singing. Note Eddie’s strange “slap-guitar” plucking, starting around 0.13.

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