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

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.