1930 - 1950
1931. Cab Calloway records "Stack O’Lee Blues." He has been playing at the Cotton Club for a year and is broadcasting NBC radio shows from there twice weekly. We do know yet if "Stack O’Lee Blues" is included in one of the broadcasts. Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra are the first African American Jazz Orchestra to tour the south.
1931. Woody Guthrie records two versions, "Stagger Lee" and "Stack-O-Lee." He sings versions of the song for decades.
John Hurt sang:
Standin’ on the gallows,
Woody Guthrie sings:
Stackolee on his gallows,
Black singers commonly sing variations on "They was all glad to see him die." White singers commonly sing variations on "We was all glad to see him die." There are continual subtle variations between black and white performances of this song.
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