Personalities | Lloyd Price | Roots of Rock
(Vocals, b. 1933)
Growing up outside New Orleans, Lloyd Price was exposed to music through the jukebox in his mother’s fish-fry joint. At 18, the crossover-ready performer recorded a version of ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ that became a runaway hit and spawned a slew of successful follow-ups. Price’s ‘Stagger Lee’ topped both the R&B and pop lists in 1958. In 1959, his ‘Personality’ was an unapologetic pop success. Price was an able businessman and turned away from performing in the 1970s.
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