Tuesday, May 21, 2024

RIP The Great Lloyd Price, R&B Pioneer, Age 88, Had Hits with “Stagger Lee,” “Personality”


Lloyd Price has died at age 88. He was an R&B and rock pioneer, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with lots of hits including “Stagger Lee,” “Personality,” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.”

Lloyd was an entrepreneur, too. He was always cooking up ideas for tours and documentaries. He was part of the great soul tour hosted by Peter Wolf of J. Geils with Sam Moore, Jerry Butler, Chuck Jackson, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas, and Gene Chandler. I saw it at the Beacon Theater on July 16, 1998 and it changed my life. Sam and Jerry wound up in my film, “Only the Survive” directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Lloyd was one of a kind, a trailblazer, and a great talent. His videos are below. His bio is here.

Condolences to his family and wide circle of friends and fans and admirers. He had “Personality” to spare.



Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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