Stagger Lee

Does anyone know anything about Stagger Lee? Real person? Myth/legend? I was just noticing that the name is featured in songs by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Stagger Lee), the Clash (Wrong 'em Boyo) and the Grateful Dead (Staggerlee). And probably others that I don’t know about. Surely this is not coincidence. I’m curious to know more about this person.

A quick search turned up this thread from a couple weeks ago that might help you out.

You’ll also want to check this site too. I started an .mp3 collection of the versions of this tune and I got 14 or so out of the 63 recorded versions. Everyone from Professor Longhair to Neil Diamond…

Wow, I feel pretty dumb. I should have searched before asking. But thank you!