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Not entirely content with being a 1950s R&B star on the strength of his immortal New Orleans classic "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," singer Lloyd Price yearned for massive pop acceptance. He found it, too, with a storming rock & roll reading of the ancient blues "Stagger Lee" and the unabashedly pop-slanted "Personality" and "I'm Gonna Get Married" (the latter pair sounding far removed indeed from his Crescent City beginnings).

Growing up in Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans, Price was exposed to seminal sides by Louis Jordan, the Liggins brothers, Roy Milton, and Amos Milburn through the jukebox in his mother's little fish-fry joint. Lloyd and his younger brother Leo (who later co-wrote Little Richard's "Send Me Some Lovin'") put together a band for local consumption while in their teens. Bandleader Dave Bartholomew was impressed enough to invite Specialty Records boss Art Rupe to see the young singer (this was apparently when Bartholomew was momentarily at odds with his longtime employers at rival Imperial).

At his very first Specialty date in 1952, Price sang his classic eight-bar blues "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (its rolling piano intro courtesy of a moonlighting Fats Domino). It topped the R&B charts for an extended period, making Price a legitimate star before he was old enough to vote. Four more Specialty smashes followed � "Oooh, Oooh, Oooh," "Restless Heart," "Tell Me Pretty Baby," "Ain't It a Shame" � before Price was drafted into the Army and deposited unhappily in Korea. When he finally managed to break free of the military, Price formed his own label, KRC Records, with partners Harold Logan and Bill Boskent and got back down to business. "Just Because," a plaintive ballad Price first cut for KRC, held enough promise to merit national release on ABC-Paramount in 1957 (his ex-valet, Larry Williams, covered it on Price's former label, Specialty).

"Stagger Lee," Price's adaptation of the old Crescent City lament "Stack-A-Lee," topped both the R&B and pop lists in 1958. By now, his sound was taking on more of a cosmopolitan bent, with massive horn sections and prominent pop background singers. Dick Clark insisted on toning down the violence inherent to the song's story line for the squeaky-clean American Bandstand audience, accounting for the two different versions of the song you're likely to encounter on various reissues. After Price hit with another solid rocker, "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)?" in 1959, the heavy brass-and-choir sound became his trademark at ABC-Paramount. "Personality," "I'm Gonna Get Married," and "Come Into My Heart" all shot up the pop and R&B lists in 1959, and "Lady Luck" and "Question" followed suit in 1960. Always a canny businessman, Price left ABC-Paramount in 1962 to form another firm of his own with Logan. Double L Records debuted Wilson Pickett as a solo artist and broke Price's Vegas lounge-like reading of "Misty" in 1963. Later, he ran yet another label, Turntable Records (its 45s bore his photo, whether on his own sizable 1969 hit "Bad Conditions" or when the single was by Howard Tate!), and operated a glitzy New York nightspot by the same name. But the music business turned sour for Price when his partner, Logan, was murdered in 1969. He got as far away from it all as he possibly could, moving to Africa and investing in nonmusical pursuits. Perfect example: He linked up with electric-haired Don King to promote Muhammad Ali bouts in Zaire (against George Foreman) and Manila (against Joe Frazier). He indulged in a few select oldies gigs (including an appearance on NBC-TV's Midnight Special), but overall, little was seen of Price during the 1970s. Returning to America in the early '80s, he largely resisted performing until a 1993 European tour with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Gary "U.S." Bonds convinced him there was still a market for his bouncy, upbeat oldies. Price's profile went on the upswing since � he guested on a PBS-TV special with Huey Lewis & the News, and regularly turned up to headline the Jazz & Heritage Festival in his old hometown. -- Bill Dahl of All Music Guide.
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1959Exciting Lloyd Price
1959Mr. Personality
1960Fantastic
1960Mr. Personality Sings The Blues
1960Mr. Personality�s Big 15
1961Cookin�
1961Sings The Million Sellers
1963Lloyd Price Orchestra
1963Misty
1964Mr. Rhythm & Blues
1965Lloyd Swings For Sammy
1969Lloyd Price Now
1969Come To Me
1973Trying To Slip Away
1982This Is My Band
1983Mr. Personality Revisited
1988Greatest Hits
1990Greatest Hits (Curb)
1991A Rage In Harlem
1991Lawdy!
1994Lloyd Price Sings His Big 10
1994Lloyd Price Vol. 2: Heavy Dreams
1998Body With No Body
1998Great
2002Christmas Classics
2002Now
200220th Century Masters: Lloyd Price, The Millennium Collection
2004Golden Classics: 1952-1953


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1959 Exciting Lloyd Price

1959 Mr. Personality

01. Personality
02. Mary Anne
03. Time After Time
04. Have You Ever Had The Blues
05. Yakety-Yak�Bing Bang
06. I Only Have Eyes For You
07. I'm Gonna Get Married
08. Dinner For One
09. Is It Really Love?
10. Poppa-Shun
11. All Of Me
12. I Want You To Know


1960 Fantastic

1960 Mr. Personality Sings The Blues



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1960 Mr. Personality's Big 15

01. Personality
02. Three Little Pigs
03. Where Were You (on our wedding day)
04. Come Into My Heart
05. Never Let Me Go
06. Lady Luck
07. Have You Ever Had The Blues
08. Is It Really Love?
09. I'm Gonna Get Married
10. You Need Love
11. Wont'cha Come Home
12. Just Because
13. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
14. Why
15. Stagger Lee



1961 Cookin'

1961 Sings The Million Sellers

1963 Lloyd Price Orchestra

1963 Misty



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1964 Mr. Rhythm & Blues

1965 Lloyd Swings For Sammy

1969 Lloyd Price Now

1969 Come To Me

1973 Trying To Slip Away

1982 This Is My Band

1983 Mr. Personality Revisited

01. Stagger Lee
02. Mailman Blues
03. Have You Ever Had The Blues
04. Question
05. You Need Love
06. What Do You Do To My Heart
07. Come Into My Heart
08. I'm Gonna Get Married
09. Where Were You (on our wedding day)
10. Oh, Oh, Oh
11. Why
12. I Wish Your Picture Was You
13. Lady Luck
14. Just Because
15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
16. Personality




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1988 Greatest Hits

01. Just Because
02. Why
03. Stagger Lee
04. Where Were You (on our wedding day)
05. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
06. Personality
07. Have You Ever Had The Blues
08. That's Love
09. I'm Gonna Get Married
10. Three Little Pigs
11. Come Into My Heart
12. Wont'cha Come Home
13. Never Let Me Go
14. Lady Luck
15. No If's-No And's
16. Question
17. You Better Know What You're Doing
18. Stagger Lee (bandstand version)


1990 Greatest Hits (Curb)

01. Stagger Lee
02. Personality
03. I'm Gonna Get Married
04. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
05. Tell Me Pretty Baby
06. Baby Come Home 07. I Wish Your Picture Was You
08. Oh, Oh, Oh
09. Carry Me Home
10. Mailman Blues




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1991 A Rage In Harlem

1991 Lawdy!

01. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
02. Mailman Blues
03. Chee Koo Baby
04. Oo-Ee Baby
05. So Long
06. Operator
07. Laurelle
08. What's The Matter Now
09. If Crying Was Murder
10. Walkin' The Track
11. Where You At
12. Lord, Lord, Amen!
13. Carry Me Home
14. Frog Legs
15. I Wish Your Picture Was You
16. Let Me Come Home, Baby
17. Tryin' To Find Someone To Love
18. Night And Day Blues
19. All Alone
20. What A Fire
21. Rock & Roll Dance
22. I'm Glad, Glad
23. Baby Olease Come Home
24. Forgive Me, Clawdy


1994 Lloyd Price Sings His Big 10

01. Stagger Lee
02. Personality
03. I'm Gonna Get Married
04. Where Were You (on our wedding day)
05. Lady Luck
06. Just Because
07. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
08. Baby Come Home
09. Oh, Oh, Oh
10. I Wish Your Picture Was You




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1994 Lloyd Price Vol. 2: Heavy Dreams

01. Chee Koo Baby
02. Oo-Ee Baby
03. Oooh-Oooh-Oooh
04. Restless Heart
05. Tell Me Pretty Baby
06. They Say
07. I'm Too Young
08. Ain't It A Shame
09. Jimmy Lee
10. Baby, Don't Turn Your Back On Me
11. Old Echo Song
12. Too Late For Tears
13. Carry Me Home
14. Little Bee
15. Night And Day
16. Oh Love
17. Woe Ho Ho
18. Breaking My Heart (all over again)
19. I Y! Y! Gomen-A-Sai (I'm sorry)
20. Country Boy Rock
21. Heavy Dreams
22. Why
23. I'm Goin' Back





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1998 Body With No Body

01. ABWNB
02. Don't Say (love is over)
03. Can't Depend On Love
04. Lied Again
05. This Ain't Right
06. It Would Be Now
07. No More You
08. My Best Friend
09. Didn't I Tell Ya
10. I've Got feelings
11. Stagger Lee(mix)
12. Personality
13. Remix Of Stagger Lee (xx rated)
14. Remix Of Personality(mix)


1998 Great (Import)

01. Just Because
02. Stagger Lee
03. Where Were You(on our wedding day)
04. Personality
05. I'm Gonna Get Married
06. Come Into My Heart
07. Wont'cha Come Home
08. Lady Luck
09. No If's, No And's
10. Question


2002 Christmas Classics

2002 Now

2002 20th Century Masters: Lloyd Price,The millennium Collection

01. Stagger Lee
02. Just Because
03. Where Were You(on our wedding day)
04. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
05. I'm Gonna Get Married
06. Come Into My Heart
07. Wont'cha Come Home
08. Never Let Me Go
09. Lady Luck
10. No If's, No And's
11. Question
12. Personality




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2004 Golden Classics: 1952-1953

01. Barnyard Rock
02. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
03. Mailman Blues
04. Chee Koo Baby
05. Oo-Ee Baby
06. Mailman Boogie
07. Oooh, Oooh, Oooh
08. Restless Heart
09. Tell Me, Pretty Baby
10. So Long
11. They Say
12. I'm Too Young
13. Laurelle
14. Operator
15. Ain't It A Shame
16. What's The Matter Now
17. Jimmy Lee
18. If Crying Was Murder
19. Baby, Don't Turn Your Back On Me
20. Walkin' The Track
21. Lloyd's Lament(old echo song)
22. Where You At
23. Too Later For Tears
24. Lord, Lord, Amen!
25. Carry Me Home



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