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Taj Mahal — Stagger Lee — 1969

"The first I heard of Stagolee was from Lloyd Price," Taj Mahal said. "I was a Lloyd Price fan. I was always dancing to him. Then by the 1960s, I kept hearing it on blues anthologies - Mississippi John Hurt, and Furry Lewis's versions. As a child, I'd heard these stories about the bad man - bad man Stagolee - from my mother, who was from the low country in South Carolina. Then there was the other side of my family, my father is from the Caribbean, and from him I heard about 'bad John'. They would say, 'Bad John, stay out he way, man!' "

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