May 06 - Lloyd Price Died

Lloyd Price, the ‘50s R&B vocalist whose early singles were among the first to attract attention from the nascent Rock ‘N’ Roll audience, died. He was 88.

The New Orleans-born singer burst onto the national scene in 1952 with his first single, the self-penned 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' for the L.A.-based label Specialty Records. Bearing the distinctive Crescent City “stroll” rhythm – the product of an arrangement featuring pianist Fats Domino and drummer Earl Palmer of Dave Bartholomew’s studio band – it leaped to No. 1 on the national R&B chart.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

At his second recording session for RCA Records in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded a fierce cover of 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'. Elvis tried out anothe hit-recording by Price, 'Stagger Lee' while rehearsing for his return to Las Vegas' in 1970.

(Source: Variety)