If all he made was “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” Lloyd Price would still be in the Rock Hall.
The New Orleans-influenced smash was a pivotal moment in the development of rock and roll. But Mr. Personality didn’t stop there—he continued to make chart-toppers while trying his hand in every aspect of the music business.
Lloyd Price performs "Stagger Lee" with John Fogerty at the 1998 Induction
Lloyd Price performs "Stagger Lee" with John Fogerty at the 1998 Induction00:05:03
Tony Rich inducts Lloyd Price at the 1998 Induction Ceremony00:05:11
Hall of Fame Essay
It’s a sad and familiar story: A prodigiously gifted black rhythm & blues singer rises from poverty and oppression to overnight success. He sees others enriched by his record sales and publishing income as he struggles to survive.
He never makes the transition to “civilian life” when his musical career fades…and lives out his last years in threadbare obscurity. Yes, it’s a sad and familiar story…but it’s not the Lloyd Price story.
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