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Lloyd Price — Stagger Lee — 1958

Price started mixing the swing sound he'd worked with overseas into the hard blues he'd grown up hearing in New Orleans.
His first attempt at this fusion resulted in "Stagger Lee", an updated version of an old blues about a man who murders his friend in a barroom. Built with swinging horns, peppy 'pop' background vocals and shuddering piano, the song titillated audiences around the world with its 'low' subject matter.

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