This launched a recording career that saw Price score 15 top R&B hits, including Personality and Stagger Lee.
Price told the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame he was shocked at the success of Lawdy Miss Clawdy. The track was taken from a local WBOK Radio station disc jockey, who incorporated the phrase into his on-air jokes.
“It had been two weeks, the record (played) on the radio. I hear it everyday, ”Price told the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “And my brother, my older brother said, ‘There’s no other Lloyd Price in Kenner. They keep saying (Lloyd Price). Is that you?’ I said, “I think so!” I never got along. I have never heard anything about a microphone. And about a week later, the world just blew up.
In an interview which was made for his 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Price said the success had helped bridge the racial divisions of the South.
“I revolutionized the South. Before “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,“White kids weren’t really interested in this music. People like Charles Brown and Fats Domino really only sold to the black community. But 10 months after I was in business, they were installing ropes to divide white and black spectators. But at 10 o’clock in the evening, they would all be together on this dance floor.
The song was recorded by many other artists, including Elvis Presley.
Price was drafted into the Korean War effort in 1952, which temporarily derailed his career.
To recover, Price co-founded his own label, KRC Records, and scored several other successes: Just because, where were you (on our wedding day?), and his 1958 interpretation of the murder ballad Stagger Lee. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Singles Chart, and was subsequently included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Price followed this up with Personality, a single that earned Price his nickname for decades to come, “Mr. Personality.”
The singer moved to Nigeria for a decade, running a music festival that accompanied the Muhammad Ali-George Foreman heavyweight championship. He appeared in the 1996 documentary about this fight, When we were kings.
Price also made an appearance as himself in an episode of the HBO series. Treme.
No commemorative or surviving plan has been revealed.