Sunday, May 15, 2011

82 – Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee (1958)

Originalmente, Stagger Lee foi lançada em 1923, pela Frank Westphal and His Regal Novelty Orchestra. Também foi regravada por Woody Guthrie em 1931 e 1944, por Lloyd Price em 1958, pelo Grateful Dead em 1978 e por Bob Dylan em 1995.

Trata-se de uma canção folk baseada no assassinato de William Billy Lyons por Stagger Lee Shelton. A versão de Lloyd Price, que é a que escolhemos pra nossa coleção, chegou ao numero 1 dos charts americanos em 1958 e é a numero 456 da lista das 500 melhores canções de todos os tempos da revista Rolling Stones.

Neil Diamond também gravou uma versão de Stagger Lee. Outros grandes que gravaram foram Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Dr. John, Bill Haley and His Comets, Wilbert Harrison, The Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Professor Longhair, Johnny Rivers e Pete Seeger.

A letra:

The night was clear and the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down
I was standing on the corner
When I heard my bulldog bark
He was barkin' at the two men
Who were gamblin' in the dark
It was Stagger Lee and Billy
Two men who gambled late
Stagger Lee threw seven
Billy swore that he threw eight
Stagger Lee told Billy
I can't let you go with that
You have won all my money
And my brand new stetson hat
Stagger Lee went home
And he got his forty-four
Said, I'm goin' to the barroom
Just to pay that debt I owe
Go Stagger Lee
Stagger Lee went to the barroom
And he stood across the barroom door
He said, nobody move
And he pulled his forty-four
Stagger Lee, cried Billy
Oh, please don't take my life
I've three little children
And a very sickly wife
Stagger Lee shot Billy
Oh, he shot that poor boy so bad
Till the bullet came through Billy
And it broke the bartender's glass

A gravação original de Lloyd Price, de 1958, somente o áudio:



Johnny Rivers, em 1965, no seu album Whisky a go go (somente o áudio):



The Isley Brothers ao vivo na TV:

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