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Lloyd Price (born 9 March 1933 in Kenner, Louisiana) was an early rock and roll musician 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 Rock n Roll and R&B artists, and in 1957 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”, followed by a massive hit, “Stagger Lee”. Television host Dick Clark insisted the violent content of the song 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 Weddin...
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