LLOYD PRICE R.I.P. 1933 - 2021
Lloyd Price, the singer of 'Stagger Lee' known as "Mr Personality", has died, his wife Jackie has confirmed. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame honouree died on May 3 from complications with diabetes. He was 88 years old. His songs were covered by many others. Among the artists who recorded versions of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" were Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney.
His breakout success with Specialty Records came to an end when he was drafted in 1953, leaving the label to focus instead on Little Richard and Larry Williams, Price's onetime chauffeur. After returning to civilian life in 1954, Price founded his own record company, KRC. Price later signed directly to ABC-Paramount and soon had his greatest success with the song "Stagger Lee". His upbeat take on a folk song that had been recorded numerous times since the 1920s, it reached No. 1 on both the pop and R&B charts in 1959. Price reached the Top 40 for the last time with a version of the standard "Misty" in 1963, but by that time his star in the music world was fading.