Story of Stagger Lee Crosses Over to The Mississippi Delta Blues

Stagger Lee Portrait

It all went down on December 25th, 1895. Stagger lee Shelton was an African American cab driver and pimp convicted of murdering William “Billy” Lyons on Christmas Eve, 1895 in St. Louis,Missouri. Why is this story so important to the Delta Blues?

…Because Good old Stagger Lee had many a song written about the incident, writes this delta blues blogger