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Lloyd Price

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Kenner, New Orleans LA, United States

Lloyd Price (born 9 March 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana) was a music star and early pioneer who had a big hit with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, a track he wrote (featuring Fats Domino on piano) that topped the R&B charts for seven weeks in 1952. Staying with Specialty Records, Price then released “Oooh, Oooh, Oooh”, “Restless Heart”, “Tell Me Pretty Baby” and “Ain’t It a Shame”. He was then drafted and ended up in Korea from 1953-1956.

After returning from the military, Price became more financially savvy than many of his fellow early and gritty R&B artists. In 1957, he decided to launch his own label KRC (Kent Record Company) and retain control of his masters, leasing his tracks to labels like Atlantic and later ABC-Paramount in an arrangement that likely inspired Ray Charles to do the same.

His first single after returning from Korea was “Just Because”. That was followed by a massive hit, “Stagger Lee”, which has appeared in many multi-artist collection albums and served as one of Price’s best known songs. Television host Dick Clark insisted the violent content of the track, which lyrically describes a shooting based on a gambling fight, be toned down when Price appeared on the popular but highly sanitized show American Bandstand.

Price’s biggest year was likely 1959, during which he had four hit records: “Personality,” “Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day),” “I’m Gonna Get Married” and “Come Into My Heart.

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  • marjo47

    Golden oldie.

    22 Apr 3:33pm Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Jamie Foxx is the image of this guy.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • borra_cuervo

    He isn't dead, should't say "was an early..."

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • wendell3

    Confirming legend status.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    great voice, great songs. legend.

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • profroche

    Only 10 shouts for Lloyd Price? This is criminal!

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    Awesome.

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • Lskutt

    mmmmuuuu........

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bettygroove

    ..ummmmmm

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • KiMdOm

    why can't people leave the original versions alone? I have the 1957 version of Stagger Lee and it's much better!

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • maulofsound

    Wikipedia has a great list of all of the Stagger Lee covers and variations. Lloyd's is my favorite version, though.

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • epi_gee

    I collect versions and variations of Stagger Lee (Stack-o-lee/Stagolee), if anyone has recomendations of versions of this song I might like please email me. I particularly want versions with different story lines or lyrics.

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
  • dopemoves

    Lloyd is the man, He will always have personality in my book!...

    31 Jan 2008 Reply

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