Stagger Lee

Composer: Traditional


no info Mississippi John Hurt, 1928
no info David Miller, 192?
no info Ma Rainey, 192?
no info Cleve Reed, 192?
no info Frank Hutchison, 192?
no info Negro Prison Songs from the Mississippi State Penitentiary, Various Artists , 1947
no info Anthology of American Folk Music; Vol. 1, Ballads, Frank Hutchison, 1952, reissue 1997
info Hard Travelin', Cisco Houston, 1954
no info Mark Twain And Other Folk Favorites, Harry Belafonte, 1954
info Bloody Ballads, Paul Clayton, 1956
info Blood, Booze 'n Bones, Ed McCurdy, 1956
no info Bound for Glory - Songs and Stories of Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, 1956
no info John Gibbon's Disc, John Gibbon, 1957
info Gambling Songs, Logan English, 1957
info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2, Pete Seeger, 1958
no info Blues From The Gutter, Champion Jack Dupree, 1958
no info Jazz, Folk Songs, Spiritual and Blues, Jesse Fuller, 1959
no info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2, Pete Seeger, 1958
no info Hitsville, Volume 2, Various Artists (Archibald), 1960
no info Angola Prisoner's Blues, Various Artists (Robert Pete Williams), 1961
info Great! Great! Great!, Pat Boone, 1961
info The New Lost City Ramblers, Vol. 4, The New Lost City Ramblers, 1962
no info Lovers Who Wander, Dion, 1962
no info Evening Concerts, Newport Folk Festival 1963, Various Artists, 1963
no info Best Of The Beats, Sandy Nelson, 1963
no info One Of A Kind, Woody Guthrie, 1964
no info All the Good Times, Alice Stuart, 1964
no info Memorial Anthology, Mississippi John Hurt, 1964
no info Blues, Songs and Ballads, Tom Rush, 1964
info American Folk Singers And Balladeers, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 1964
no info Go P. J., P. J. Proby, 1965
info Meanwhile Back At The Whisky Š Go-Go, Johnny Rivers, 1965
info Organ Shindig, Dave "Baby" Cortez, 1965
info Move On Down The Line, Jesse Fuller, 1965
no info Go Ahead and Cry, The Righteous Brothers, 1966
no info The McCoys Featuring You Make Me Feel So Good, McCoys, 1966
info Tweety Pie, Dave "Baby" Cortez, 1966
info Ballads from Deep Gap, Doc Watson, 1967
no info This Is Tim Hardin, Tim Hardin, 1967
info Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger, Dave Van Ronk, 1967
info Jump for Joy, Jim Kweskin with Ted Butterman, Marty Gross and The Neo-Passť Jazz Band, 1967
no info Cold Sweat, James Brown, 1967
info Boogaloo Beat, Sandy Nelson, 1967
no info Servin' Up Some Soul, Mary Wells, 1968
info Soul Party, Paul Nero, 1968
no info Greatest Hits, Ike and Tina Turner, 1969
no info Let's Work Together, Wilbert Harrison, 1969
no info Giant Step, Taj Mahal, 1969
no info Walk Right In, Rooftop Singers, 196?
info Are You Ready, Pacific Gas & Electric, 1970
no info Single (Are You Ready / Staggolee), Pacific Gas & Electric, 1970, Columbia 45158
no info Greatest Hits, Tommy Roe, 1970
info Good And Dusty, The Youngbloods, 1971
no info Promised Land, Freddie Weller, 1972
no info Tom Rush, Tom Rush, 1972
info Dr. John's Gumbo, Dr. John, 1972
info Van Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 1972
info 20 Greatest Dance Records of All Times, Various Artists, 1972
info Best Of, Pacific Gas & Electric, 1973
no info Live At Montreux, Fats Domino, 1974
no info Terry Melcher, Terry Melcher, 1974
no info Somewhere, P J Proby, 1975
no info Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Ma Rainey, 1975
info Basic Black, Various Artists (Lloyd Price), 1975
no info Fingerpicking Rags and Other Delights, Dale Miller, 1976
no info Parksburg Landing, Ed Haley, 1976
no info Rock 'n Roll Gumbo, Professor Longhair, 1977
no info Blues and Jazz Guitar, Mickey Baker, 1977
no info September Morn, Neil Diamond, 1979
no info New River Jam, Pine Ridge Boys, 197?
no info Hottest Man In Town, Cliff Edwards, 1981
no info Reach Up and Touch The Sky, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, 1981
info Your Basic Dave Van Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 1982
no info Greatest Rhythm and Blues, Vol. 3, Johnny Otis, 1982
no info Mr. Personalty Revisited, Lloyd Price, 1983
no info Ballin' With Archie, Archibald, 1983
no info Folk Visions and Voices - Traditional Music and Song in Northern Georgia, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Uncle John Patterson), 1984
no info The Tooter Boatman Sound, Tooter Boatman, 1985
no info Wold One, Bobby Rydell, 1986
no info Rough, Rowdy and Blue, Merle Travis, 1986
no info Dog Days Of August, John Cephas w/ Phil Wiggins, 1986
no info Masters Of The Hawaiian Guitar, Vol. 1, Sol Hoopii, 1987
no info Larkspur, John Allair, 1988
no info DBC, Dead Brain Cells, 1988
no info 1928 Recordings, Mississippi John Hurt, 1988
no info On The River, Art Thieme, 1988
no info Killer - The Mercury Years, Vol 2, 1969-1972), Jerry Lee Lewis, 1989
info Inside Dave Van Ronk (comp), Dave Van Ronk, 1989
no info Live, Doug Sahm, 1989
no info Furry Lewis: The Complete Works (1927-1929), Furry Lewis, 1990
no info I'm With You All The Way, Mike Bloomfield, 1990
no info On A Mardi Gras Day, Dr John, 1990
info Blues, Songs and Ballads (comp), Tom Rush, 1990
no info 16 Tons Of Boogie - The Best Of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1990
no info Greatest Songsters: Complete Works (1927-1929), Mississippi John Hurt, 1990
info Threadgill's Supper Session, Various Artists/Threadgill's Troubadours, 1991
no info Okeh Ellington, Duke Ellington, 1991
info Old Tom Moore and More, Tom Paley, 1991
no info The Complete UA Sessions, The Isley Brothers, 1991
info Blues At Newport (1959-64), Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 1964
no info Blues, Jazz and Rock Guitar: The Legendary, Mickey Baker, 1992
no info Round Peak Band, Round Peak Band, 1992
no info Delta Bluesman, David Honeyboy Edwards, 1992
info A Man And A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett, Wilson Pickett, 1992
no info Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison, 1992
no info Big Chief, Professor Longhair, 1992
no info Remembe Me, Tim and Molly O'Brien, 1992
info Railroad Worksongs, Jesse Fuller, 1992
no info Spirit Of New Orleans - The Genius Of Dave Bartholomew, Various Artists, 1993
no info Fess: Professor Longhair Anthology, Professor Longhair, 1993
no info Complete Jubilee Sessions, Mary Wells, 1993
no info Wrap It Up, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 1993
info World Gone Wrong, Bob Dylan, 1993
no info Greatest Hits - The Original ABC-Paramount Recordings, Lloyd Price, 1994
no info Four Chords and Several Years Ago, Huey Lewis and The News, 1994
no info Strange Things Happening, Sleepy LaBeef, 1994
no info Decca Skiffle Sessions, Ken Colyer, 1994
no info Masters 1949-1976, Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1994
no info Living For The City, Ike and Tina Turner, 1995
info Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings, Mississippi John Hurt, 1996
info Organ Shindig/Tweety Pie/In Orbit, Dave "Baby" Cortez, 1995
no info Murder Ballads, Nick Cave, 1996
no info Live At Ronnie Scotts, Taj Mahal, 1996
info Johnny Rivers Rocks the Folk/Meanwhile Back at the Whisky A-Go-Go, Johnny Rivers, 1996
info Are You Ready / Pacific Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, 1997
info Ultimate Collection, Tom Jones, 1997
info The Very Best of the Journeymen, The Journeymen, 1998
info My no info Rough and Rowdy Ways Volume 1, Various Artists (Fruit Jar Guzzlers), 1998
no info My Rough and Rowdy Ways, Vol. 2, Various Artists (David Miller), 1998
info Kentucky Old-Time Banjo, Various Artists (Bert Garvin and Danielle Fraley), 1999
no info Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s, Various Artists (Lloyd Price), 1999
no info 1931-1932, Cab Calloway, 199?
no info Paramount Old-Time Tunes, Various Artists (Fruit Jar Guzzlers), 19??
info The Complete Studio Recordings, Mississippi John Hurt, 2000
no info The Early Blues Roots of Bob Dylan, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2000
info Newport Folk Festival: Best of the Blues 1959-68, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2001
info Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt, Various Artists (Beck), 2001
info History of Rock, Vols 1 to 10, Various Artists (Lloyd Price), 2003
info Trouble in Mind: Doc Watson Country Blues Collection, Doc Watson, 2003
info Rough Guide: American Roots Box, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2003
info Worried Blues, Frank Hutchison and Kelly Harrell, 2005
info Good for What Ails You, Various Artists (Frank Hutchison), 2005
info The Definitive Soul Collection, Wilson Pickett, 2006
info On The Road: July 2, 2006, Morrison, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info The Journey: Recordings 1965-2006, Ralph McTell, 2006
info Classic African American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways, Various Artists (John Cephas and Phil Wiggins), 2006
info Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1959, Various Artists (Lloyd Price), 2006
info Death Proof Soundtrack, Various Artists (Pacific Gas & Electric), 2007
info People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938, Various Artists (Furry Lewis), 2007
info A Richer Tradition: Country Blues and String Band Music 1923-1942, Various Artists (Little Harvey Hull and Cleve Reed), 2007
info Songs from the Invisible Republic, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2008
info The Roots of the Grateful Dead, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2008
info Murder, Theft and Devlish Deals, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2009
info Short Time Here, Long Time Gone, The Goodhues, 2010
info Make It Your Sound, Make It Your Scene: Vanguard Records & The 1960s Musical Revolution, Various Artists (Mississippi John Hurt), 2012
info The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, Taj Mahal, 2013


There are many variations in song on the theme of Stagger Lee. A number of titles are used commonly. The list above summarises a selection of recordings of the songs.

Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote their own version of the song which was recorded and performed by the Grateful Dead. Information about that song is provided on the Garcia/Hunter Stagger Lee page.