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Personality singer Lloyd Price dies at 88 from diabetes complications

Renowned rock ’n roll singer Lloyd Price has died at 88 from complications from diabetes, according to his wife Jacqueline Price.

Price told Billboard on Saturday that the singer behind hits such as Personality, Lawdy Miss Clawdy and Stagger Lee died at a New Rochelle, New York elder care facility on May 3.

'Lloyd’s music crossed many boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world,' Price said. '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.'

Lloyd Price wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: MailOnline logo

The Louisiana native in 1998 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his place in musical history, as he was one of the forerunners of the genre alongside greats such as Fats Domino and David Bartholomew.

Price had his first top R&B hit with the Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and hits in the subsequent top 10 R&B two years with Ain’t It a Shame, Oooh-Oooh-Oooh and Tell Me Pretty Baby.

In 1957, Price was back on the charts with his song Just Because, and had the No. 1 R&B/pop hit Stagger Lee in 1958 and in 1959, the No. 2 hit Personality (from which he derived the moniker Mr. Personality) and I’m Gonna Get Married.

Other notable tracks he had in that time included Three Little Pigs, Misty and Lady Luck.

Outside of his musical career, Price had a number of businesses including a Southern food line, construction in New York and a New York City club called Turntable.

Other honors Price received included the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2019, an induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1994.

Price's friend producer George Kerr told Billboard, 'Lloyd’s legacy will live forever. I know Lloyd’s fans all over the world are in mourning and so am I. Thank GOD there's no more pain. Lloyd RIP.'

Price is survived by wife Jackie, as well as three daughters and two sons.  

Reference: Reporter  





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