Lloyd Price. (official wiki AMG) I know it seems a little ridiculous, doesn't it? I've been posting versions of this song for almost a year now, and I've never posted Lloyd's from 1958. The first version I ever heard, the first version to become a hit.
Sorry, Lloyd. To make it up to you a little, the entire month of February, I'm posting nothing but your versions of Stag. I have four excellent, each somewhat different, versions lined up. First, the classic 1958 original recording of Stag.
I have to admit -- I have no perspective whatsoever on this. This was the only version of Stag I heard until I was about 16, so for me, this version is, definitively, the song in its purest state. I know for a fact that that's silly and probably wrong, but I cannot step back from this at all to comment on it. Let me just say this: in 1958, African-American singers, with the sole exception of Nat King Cole, did not have Caucasian vocalists backing them up. That, plus the poppy jazzy instrumentation, helped make this upbeat murder ballad a huge success.
Next week, we'll hear the infamous "nonviolent" version...