1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Lloyd Price (born March 9, 1933)
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Personality 1959
Lloyd Price also had a hit with Stagger Lee in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1964 Record Label: ABC-Paramount
Born in Kenner, Louisiana, Lloyd Price was a rhythm & blues vocalist, pianist, and composer. As a teenager, he and his brother Leo formed a rock band. His first recording on the Specialty label in 1952 was the #1 R&B hit Lawdy Miss Clawdy. After returning from his 1953-1956 tour of duty with the US Army in Korea he signed with ABC-Paramount Records. His 1958 hit rock recording of folk/blues standard Stagger Lee was raw and its lyrics had to be toned down for appearances on Dick Clark’s squeaky-clean TV series ‘American Bandstand,’ but the sound on his 1959 hit recording Personality was more cosmopolitan, with massive horn sections and prominent pop background singers. In the early 60’s he began recording less, opened a club in New York, produced records, and worked as a booking agent. In 1969, when his co-writing partner Harold Logan was murdered, he moved to Africa to get away from the music business. He returned to performing bouncy up-beat oldies in the 1980s and 1990s.