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December 27, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

118 years ago today, “Stagger Lee” Sheldon shot Billy Lyons in a St. Louis saloon, launching a legend that would inspire many musical recordings. Here’s the most famous, Lloyd Price’s “Stagger Lee.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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