LLOYD PRICE…THE EARLY YEARS…BEFORE “STAGGER LEE”

LLOYD PRICE IS KNOWN TO 1950S AND 1960S POP MUSIC FANS FOR HIS CLASSIC HITS…STAGGER LEE IN 1958, PERSONALITY IN 1959, I’M GONNA GET MARRIED IN 1959…ALL #1 R&B HITS AND TOP 10 HITS ON THE POP CHARTS.  HIS HUGE POP HITS WERE ON THE ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORD LABEL.

IN 1952 LLOYD RECORDED A HUGE HIT THAT WOULD BECOME AN R&B AND ROCK CLASSIC…LAWDY MISS CLAWDY…ON THE SPECIALTY RECORDS LABEL (428-45).  THE SINGLE RECORD WOULD CLIMB THE BILLBOARD R&B CHARTS ALL THE WAY TO #1 AND REMAIN ON THE CHART FOR 26 WEEKS ON ITS WAY TO SALES OF OVER 1 MILLION COPIES.  HE WOULD FOLLOW THAT HIT RECORD WITH FOUR MORE TOP 10 HITS ON THE R&B CHART BETWEEN 1952 AND 1953, ALL ON SPECIALTY RECORDS.

IN 1957 LLOYD WOULD BE A RECORDING ARTIST WITH ABC-PARAMOUNT RECORDS AND RECORD AND CHART HIS FIRST HIT FOR THE LABEL…JUST BECAUSE WOULD ALSO BECOME HIS FIRST POP HIT…CHARTING AT #29 ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHART AND #3 ON THE R&B CHART.  THIS CLASSIC TUNE WAS FIRST RECORD BY LLOYD IN 1956 ON THE KRC RECORD LABEL (587) IN 1956.  THE SINGLE FAILED TO CHART AT THAT TIME.

THE REST IS HISTORY, LLOYD PRICE WENT ON TO BECOME AN R&B AND POP LEGEND AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN 1998.

THESE TWO CLASSIC HITS ARE LISTED BELOW FOR YOU TO ENJOY….

Lloyd Price – Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Lloyd Price – Just Because

Till the next time…Joe

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