She'll Grow Back: Stagger Lee Saturdays - Cliff Edwards

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Stagger Lee Saturdays - Cliff Edwards

Okay, so I couldn't find a Disney version of Stag. But how about this? Cliff Edwards (nicknamed "Ukulele Ike") voiced Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, and even sang "When I See An Elephant Fly" in Dumbo. But long before that, in 1928, he recorded a double-sided 78 about Stag. (This record, in fact, features instructions, sung to the tune, to "turn the record over" so you can hear the second half of the story. I love that.)

This is an extremely extended version of the story, which focuses just as much on Stag's "sweet-lovin' wench" as on the bad man himself. (In fact, Stag dies before the second half of the record even starts! We don't even get to hear about his adventures in hell.) It's also interesting that Edwards is from St. Louis (Missouri), the city where the real-life shooting took place, just six months after Edwards was born.

(This record hasn't been reissued since 1975, except a very rare CD in Japan, so the buy link is wishful thinking, really.)

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