SONG-WRITER legend Lloyd Price passed away at the age of 88 after battling diabetes.
Price died at a long-term care facility in New Rochelle, New York, his wife Jacqueline Price told the Associated Press.
“Very important part of Rock history. He was BEFORE Little Richard!” rock singer Steven Van Zandt said Saturday on Twitter. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy of 1952 has a legit claim as the first Rock hit…. Righteous cat. Enormous talent.”
Price was referred to as “Mr. Personality” and 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 memoir “sumdumhonkey.”
The Louisiana-born singer has been playing the piano since childhood and sang in church.
He was inspired in his late teens by a local DJ’s catchphrase “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” which pushed him to write his first hit song.
He worked with his mother on his first hit. She used to work at a restaurant frying fish.
“Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was a number one hit on the R&B charts in 1952.
The hit song sold over one million copies and became a standard that was covered by other singers including Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
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