'Stagger Lee' singer Lloyd Price has died, aged 88

10 May 2021, 10:27

Lloyd Price
Lloyd Price. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

Early rock and roll star Lloyd Price has passed away at the age of 88.

Lloyd Price was the singer behind the classic '50s tune ‘Stagger Lee’, and was known as 'Mr Personality'.

His wife Jackie confirmed his death on May 3, from complications with diabetes.

“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,” Jackie Price said.

“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.”

Price was born in New Orleans in 1933, and found fame in 1952 with his single ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, which also featured Fats Domino on piano.

After several more hits, he was drafted to serve for the US Army in Korea in 1954. After his return, he scored massive hits in 1958 with ‘Stagger Lee’, and the 1959 single ‘Personality’.

In later life, he owned several businesses, including a Lawdy Miss Clawdy food line and two construction companies. He also worked with boxing promoter Don King to promote fights, including the famous ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Price was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998. He is survived by his wife Jackie, his three daughters Lori, D’Juana and December, two sons Lloyd Jr and Paris, and his sister Rose.

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