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Who is Stagger Lee? Learn the story of music’s most name-dropped criminal

Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, The Clash, James Brown, Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead. What do all these artists have to do with a violent pimp and a murder that took place in 1985.

This is the story of Stagger Lee, one of music’s most infamous figures.

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Who is Stagger Lee, and why have so many artists referenced him throughout history? Find out more about music’s most name-dropped criminal.

Since the early 1900s, artists have been singing Stag’s name. Where did it all begin? What made him so damn fascinating?

We did some digging to find out. Watch the video below.