Stagger Lee is a story based partly on truth and partly on legend. The murder took place in the 1800's, and the first music recording about the subject was done by Frank Hutchenson back in 1927.
The most well know versions of this song are Mississippi John Hurt's 1928, and this version, by Lloyd Price. Lloyd's version was an updated R&B version for the 1950s.
Released in 1959, parts of this song are used in the 1967…
The night was clear
And the moon was yellow
And the leaves came tumbling down