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Lloyd Price, ‘Personality’ and ‘Stagger Lee’ Singer, Dies at 88 by Gail Mitchell

Remembering Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price, the singer, Kenner native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who rose to the top of the music charts with 1950s hits “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and “Stagger Lee,” has died. He was 88. Price’s manager Tom Tripani confirmed to Rolling Stone that Price died Monday, May 3. No cause of death was provided. In 1952, Price, then 19, was working out a new song on the piano at his mother’s Kenner restaurant when he caught the eye, and ear, of legendary local bandleader and talent scout Dave Bartholomew, who was working with Specialty Records producer Art Rupe.

Lloyd Price, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer behind the groundbreaking 1950s pop/R&B hits “Personality” and “Stagger Lee,” has died. He was 88.

Although media outlets reported that Price died on May 6, his wife Jackie states he passed away on May 3.

In a statement she sent to Billboard, Jackie wrote: “I am so touched by the outpouring of love and tribute for the passing of my husband Lloyd Price, who passed peacefully on May 3, 2021 at Schaffer Extended Care in Westchester County, NY. Lloyd’s music crossed many boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world. He got the nickname ‘Mr. Personality’ because of his biggest hit but he also earned that name because he was charismatic, generous, smart, funny, talented with a very kind heart. I am so grateful for everyone who loves his music and have precious memories of his many songs. From the deepest part of me thank you, love to all.” To read more go to the link below: ℗ is your source to learn about the broad and beautiful spectrum of our shared History.