Lloyd Price was one of the giants of the early days of rock and roll. He was born on March 9, 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana. His first recording was the #1 R&B hit, LAWDY MISS CLAWDY on Specialty Records in 1952. He formed his own record company, KRC Records in 1956. His recording of JUST BECAUSE was leased to ABC-Paramount Records. He was signed to a recording contract with the label in 1957.
Lloyd Price charted his classic recording of STAGGER LEE on December 8, 1958. The single record became one of the biggest hits of 1959 when it charted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 9, 1959 and held the #1 position for 4 weeks. STAGGER LEE also crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart and became a #1 on that chart also. The single sold over 1 million copies world-wide. In March of 1959 Lloyd charted his follow-up recording, WHERE WERE YOU (On Our Wedding Day)? The single record charted at #23 on the Hot 100.
In April of 1959 Lloyd charted one of his classic recordings, PERSONALITY. The single became a #2 hit record on the Hot 100 and a huge #1 hit on the Billboard R&B chart, staying at #1 for 4 weeks. The single also became a world-wide million seller. PERSONALITY was followed in August by another huge hit record. I’M GONNA GET MARRIED climbed up the Billboard Hot 100 to #3 and remained on the chart for 14 weeks. The single crossed over to the R&B chart and became another #1 R&B hit record. He would close out 1959 with the double-sided hit, COME INTO MY HEART-#20 and WONT’CHA COME HOME-#43.
He would continue to record and chart hit records through 1964. Lloyd formed Double-L Records in 1963 and Turntable Records in 1969. He continued in music, production and booking agency work. The classic hits of 1959 have stood the test of time…they are still played on oldies radio in regular rotation. Lloyd charted a #1 Pop hit…STAGGER LEE…three #1 R&B hits…STAGGER LEE…PERSONALITY…and…I’M GONNA GET MARRIED…in 1959. He charted a total of 6 hit records in 1959…the year of Lloyd Price. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. His music is his legacy and it lives in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.
Till the next time—Joe