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Options October 8, 2009: That Bad Man Stagger Lee

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Ma Rainey  Stack O' Lee Blues   Options Ma Rainey's Black Bottom      0:00:00 ()
Long "Cleeve" Reed and Little Harvey Hull  Stack O' Lee Blues   Options The Stuff Dreams are Made Of: Super Rarities & Unissued Gems of the 1920's and 30's      0:03:40 ()
Furry Lewis  Billy Lyons and Stack O' Lee   Options People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938      0:06:50 ()
Duke Ellington  Stack O' Lee Blues   Options       0:08:39 ()
Frank Hutchison  Stackalee   Options Anthology Of American Folk Music      0:12:14 ()
Sol Hoopii  Stack O' Lee Blues   Options Master of Hawaiian Guitar      0:14:52 ()
Mississippi John Hurt  Stack O' Lee   Options Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings      0:17:33 ()
Cliff Edwards  Stack O' Lee- Part 1   Options I'm a Bear in a Lady's Boudoir      0:20:28 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds from the Point Pleasant Boardwalk       Field Recording  0:29:51 ()
Woody Guthrie  Stackolee   Options Woody Guthrie: The Early Years      0:30:21 ()
Cab Calloway  Stack O' Lee Blues   Options The Early Years, 1930-1934      0:32:26 ()
Alan Lomax Recording  Stackerlee   Options Negro Prison Blues and Songs      0:35:32 ()
Archibald  Stack A Lee   Options       0:39:35 ()
Tennessee Ernie Ford  Stack-o-Lee   Options The History of Country & Western Music      0:42:00 ()
Margaret Walker  Stagger Lee (Stagolee)   Options Margaret Walker Reads Margaret Walker and Langston Hughes      0:44:48 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds from the Point Pleasant Beach       field recording  0:52:15 ()
Lonnie Donegan & Dickie Bishop  Stackalee   Options As Good As It Gets - Skiffle 1      0:53:20 ()
Lloyd Price  Stagger Lee   Options Footstompin' Oldies      0:55:51 ()
Collins Kids  Stagger Lee   Options       0:58:09 ()
Jerry Lee Lewis  Stagger Lee   Options       1:00:20 ()
Fats Domino  Stack & Billy   Options Out of New Orleans      1:02:59 ()
Don Revel & The Primettes  Return of Stagger Lee   Options The Soul of Detroit      1:05:07 ()
Ike and Tina Turner  Stagger Lee   Options The Sensational Ike & Tina Turner      1:07:53 ()
Shirley Ellis  Stagger Lee   Options The Complete Congress Recordings      1:10:32 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds of Sideshows by the Seashore       field recording  1:18:42 ()
The Rulers  Wrong'em Boyo   Options Trojan Ska Box Set      1:17:57 ()
Doc Watson  Stackolee   Options Trouble in Mind: The Doc Watson Country Blues Collection 1964-1998      1:21:05 ()
Spooky Tooth with Keith Emerson  Stagger Lee   Options       1:24:53 ()
Billy Glenn and Shelly Taylor  Stagger Lee   Options Everything That's Beautiful  Carellen Recods    1:28:12 ()
Wilson Pickett  Stagger Lee   Options       1:31:27 ()
Taj Mahal  Stagger Lee   Options       1:33:46 ()
Johnny Otis Show  The Great Stack A Lee   Options Cold Shot/ Snatch and the Poontangs      1:37:42 ()
Pacific Gas & Electric  Staggolee   Options Are You Ready?      1:43:55 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds From Coney Island Boardwalk         1:47:47 ()
Elvis Presley  Stagger Lee   Options       1:53:43 ()
Freddy Weller  Stagger Lee   Options       1:54:55 ()
Terry Melcher  Stagger Lee   Options Terry Melcher      1:57:40 ()
Professor Longhair  Stagger Lee   Options Live on the Queen Mary      1:59:51 ()
Grateful Dead  Stagger Lee   Options Dick's Picks Vol. 9      2:04:50 ()
The Clash  Wrong'em Boyo   Options London Calling      2:12:32 ()
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes  Stagger Lee   Options       2:15:51 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds from the Point Pleasant Boardwalk       field recording  2:23:42 ()
Bob Dylan  Stack A Lee   Options World Gone Wrong      2:27:30 ()
Huey Lewis and The News  Stagger Lee   Options Four Chords & Several Years Ago      2:31:00 ()
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  Stagger Lee   Options Murder Ballads      2:33:41 ()
Theodis Ealey  Stagger Lee   Options       2:38:51 ()
James Booker  Tubby (Part 1)   Options Gonzo: More Than All the 45s      2:42:43 ()
The Black Keys  Stack Shot Billy   Options Rubber Factory      2:45:12 ()
The Blue Aeroplanes  Stagger Lee   Options Harvester      2:48:30 ()
Samuel L. Jackson  Stack-o-Lee   Options Black Snake Moan      2:54:49 ()

Listener comments!

  Thu. 10/8/09 6:03am Chuck:

Morning! Almost overslept, glad I made it...
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:05am Meghan:

Morning! Yeah it's one of those mornings.... I am still waking up myself.....
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:06am Dave B in NYC:

thank goodness for insomnia, UWTP and bad movies in the collection...

Oh, and coffee too!

Morning all!
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:06am Pieter:

Morning all, sadly missed last show in it's live format, making up for it now!
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:07am Chuck:

Coffee! Good.............
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:08am Meghan:

Good Morning Dave and Pieter! Yeah i am hoping the coffee starts to kick in soon
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:11am Chuck:

I can't help wondering if Stagger Lee was a real person and the story is true... Come across anything in your research to tell, Meg?
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:12am Meghan:

I am going to go over the history, but in quick... he was a VERY real person....
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:14am Chuck:

Bad people can become legends....
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:34am Chuck:

Must've bee a really nice hat to have to kill someone over it... Of course, alcohol had to be involved...
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:37am Meghan:

yeah no doubt... all over a hat! You make history cause you want your hat back... go figure huh!
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:39am Chuck:

Also interesting how the actual story got changed musically... There was no mention of gambling in the newspaper story you read... Very typical of legends...
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:41am Meghan:

Yep.... granted there is news and word on the street news...
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:43am Chuck:

Yeah, but both are subject to distortion... "Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see."
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:48am Chuck:

Now they turned him into a cop killer!?! Glad I'm known for other things...
  Thu. 10/8/09 6:59am Pieter:

It just went from 2 to 3 children? Or did I mishear that?
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:03am Meghan:

I heard 3 now....
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:03am Chuck:

I don't think I've ever heard a version of this song where the lyrics where exactly the same... Artistic license?
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:05am Meghan:

That is what makes this fun..... it's like the game telephone....
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:07am Chuck:

It would be fun to find a band that could play the song and have them ask: "Which version? hehe...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:10am Pieter:

One song I heard had the lyrics saying he had 'one girl and one boy' ... so there I would assume it was 2 ...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:12am Chuck:

Careful, Pieter! Clearly there are few facts in the music about the actual events... Much has been fabricated for the songs...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:17am Chuck:

Where, Oh Where can my baby be... I had an originial 45 of it as a kid...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:22am Meghan:

That was that messed up song.... Thanks Chuck
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:24am Chuck:

Yeah, there where a slew of tragedy songs from that era... Go figure...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:28am Dirty Old Man:

Great show. How about a "Little Red Rooster" show sometime?
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:29am Meghan:

You are right... i have thought of that too.... heard XM do a huge run of it before...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:29am Chuck:

Humm... Tragedy songs as a possible theme? Keep it on a back burner otherwise UWTP could turn too depressing and grim...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:38am steve krinsky:

He was a bad man! There's a great chapter in Greil Marcus' book, MYSTERY TRAIN, on the Staggerlee legend.
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:39am rick:

Of course, there is Beck's version on Avalon Blues, the Mississippi John Hurt tribute album.
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:39am Chuck:

Check your gmail when you get home, Meghan... I just sent you a murder theme song that I love...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:40am Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn:

Inquiring minds want to know: Will Meghan actually play the Grateful Dead on her show today?
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:41am Meghan:

Morning Steve and Rick! There are a couple great books on Stagger Lee.... I didin't pick up the Beck one unfortunately... i was looking for some like the Ventures and James Brown... too little time to play them all unfortunately. I have to find the Beck one to listen!
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:42am Meghan:

hehehe... Morning Dum Dum..... the answer is yes........ I had to. Not a fan, but it fit too well.... I even skipped out on Neil Diamond for it too.... what is wrong with me...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:44am Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn:

The sky is yellow and the sun is blue.
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:50am jeff p:

welcome to thursday, everyone!
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:52am Ogden Peepee:

  Thu. 10/8/09 7:55am Meghan:

Morning Jeff and Ogden.....
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:56am Chuck:

Jeez, "The King" sounded drunk! It's happened...
  Thu. 10/8/09 7:58am Meghan:

Well it is the time of Fat Elvis.... plus it was just him messing around and they happened to be recording.
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:04am Chuck:

Again, the song is NEVER the same... Every version totally different... Melcher's having no resemblence to anyone elses...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:09am Chuck:

Well, I never thought I'd hear a Dead song on your show, Meg... But, you're right, it is appropriate...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:10am Meghan:

I am kind of in pain here..... Is Jerry even remembering the words? Thank GOD the Clash is next to wipe this clean
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:12am David:

Love that pretty Dead in the morning! words secondary.
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:12am jeff p:

god i hate The Dead.
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:12am Chuck:

LOL!!! Funny, Meg! Jerry isn't remembering much of anything anymore... Speaking of being grateful they're dead... HA!
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:13am Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn:

It is even more shocking when you learn that Garcia used a teleprompter on stage in his later years, and still managed to boot the lyrics quite regularly.
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:14am Meghan:

Glad someone is enjoying the Dead... i am there with you Jeff..... Wow, really Dum Dum? Scary....
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:16am Chuck:

Heavy drug usage never helps...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:21am Chuck:

That's supposed to be Asbury Jukes, Meghan...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:22am Meghan:

thanks.... fingers working without the brain attached....
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:31am Chuck:

Ah, BD's voice gets progressively worse every year... At least his song writing ability doesn't seem to deminish...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:33am messica:

how is it possible that johnny cash didn't record a stagger lee?
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:35am Meghan:

GREAT question! Too bad he is not around to let us know.... Wonder if I just never found one.... but i did a lot of research..... hmmm
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:35am Chuck:

Who knows? Maybe he did but the recording hasn't come to light as of yet... There are still plenty of hidden or lost songs out there...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:51am jeff p:

The Black Keys is another band i can't stand. I've given them a ton of chances but every time I listen to them I go " Nope. This sucks."
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:53am Meghan:

Oh really? I actually do like their stuff... hell it's not the Dead!
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:54am Chuck:

Taste in music is a individual as taste in food, Jeff... Like I hate bell peppers, but love hot peppers...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:54am jeff p:

they remind me of cream and the rest of the mid-60's british white boy blues band
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:55am Meghan:

Wow...i totally don't get that from them.... interesting....
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:57am Chuck:

Samuel L. Jackson! The actor?!?! That's weird, yet cool...
  Thu. 10/8/09 8:58am Meghan:

Yep he did this song in a movie....
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