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Ma Rainey – “Stack O’ Lee Blues”

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Here is Ma Rainey’s 1926 recording of the iconic American classic, “Stack O’Lee Blues.” This song has been recorded and re-interpreted hundreds of times, and like many folk songs, it’s exact authorship is hard to trace. The lyrics, and even the title, have been expressed differently by numerous singers over the years – “Stagger Lee”“Stagolee”“Stackerlee” etc. Ma’s take remains indelible. Here she is backed by her great Georgia Jazz Band, from the original 78 RPM disc.

Ma Rainey – “Stack O’ Lee Blues” (play/download mp3)

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