SINGING legend Lloyd Price died at the age of 88 after battling diabetes.
Price died in a long-term care facility in New Rochelle, New York, his wife, Jacqueline Price, told the Associated Press.
The legendary singer died of complications with diabetes
Price was known as “Mr. Personality” and ran his own record labelPhoto credit: Redferns
“Very important part of rock history. He was BEFORE little Richard! “Rock singer Steven Van Zandt said Saturday on Twitter.” Lawdy Miss Clawdy from 1952 has a legitimate claim to be the first rock hit … Just Cat. Tremendous talent. “
Dubbed “Mr. Personality,” Price ran his own record label before other prominent stars like Frank Sinatra did the same, according to the Associated Press.
He often spoke about the racial injustices he experienced in his treatise “sumdumhonkey”.
The Louisiana-born singer has played the piano and sang in church since childhood.
In his late teens, he was inspired by a local DJ slogan “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” which led him to write his first hit.
He often spoke about the racial injustices he experienced in his treatise “sumdumhonkey”.Image credit: AP
His songs have been covered by other famous singers like Elvis PresleyPhoto credit: Getty
He worked with his mother on his first hit. She worked in a restaurant and fried fish.
“Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was a number 1 hit on the R&B charts in 1952.
The hit sold over a million copies and became a standard covered by other singers like Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
The vocal legend served in the Korean military in the mid-1950s and restarted his career in 1957 with the hits “Just Since” and the pop-oriented “Stagger Lee”.
“I had to come up with a few pieces of text about Stagger Lee and Billy who are having some kind of argument over a girl,” Price told Billboard in 2013, according to the Associated Press. “It didn’t make any sense. It was ridiculous. “
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In the early 1960s he made his debut with his business partner Harold Logan at a label. They also ran a nightclub in New York together.
When Logan was murdered in 1969, moved to Nigeria, he moved to Nigeria and came back in the 1980s.
After his return he went on tour and played songs with Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others.