Lloyd Price

Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Composed by Lloyd Price

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Discerning the identity of the first rock & roll record has been a source of debate for decades, but Lloyd Price will confidently assure you it was his own "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" that started the ball rolling. Cut March 13, 1952, in Price's hometown of New Orleans at Cosimo Matassa's famed J&M Studios, the groundbreaking eight-bar blues was aimed straight at the teen market (Price was then one himself). His heartbroken vocal wails loud and strong over rolling 88s supplied by a moonlighting Fats Domino, already an established Crescent City star by then; the rest of the crew assembled by producer/trumpeter Dave Bartholomew was equally stellar, including tenor saxman Herb Hardesty and drummer Earl Palmer. The song title was inspired by local DJ James "Okey Dokey" Smith, an early mentor to Price who exuberantly advised his faithful listeners, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy, eat Mother's Homemade Pies and drink Maxwell House coffee!" Bartholomew heard Price perform "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," dug it, and recommended the young singer to Specialty Records boss Art Rupe, who felt the same way. Once pressed up on Los Angeles-based Specialty, the tune climbed to the very top of the R&B charts, attracting sizable crossover sales as well. Price recut "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" at a faster tempo for a 1959 ABC-Paramount album in the wake of his smash "Stagger Lee"; the upbeat groove was reminiscent of Elvis Presley's sizzling 1956 cover for RCA Victor (the same year Price provided his own sequel with a driving "Forgive Me Clawdy" for Specialty).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Lloyd Price: His Originals 1959 Specialty Records 2:30
No Image 1960 ABC-Paramount 2:35
No Image 1962
Various Artists
End Records
Personality 1972 Pegasus (Pinnacle) / Pegasus 2:24
No Image 197?
Various Artists
Specialty Records
No Image 1981 Audio Fidelity
Greatest Hits [MCA] 1982 Curb 2:30
No Image 1983 Charly Records
No Image 1986 Specialty Records 2:24
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
The Best of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Roots of Rock - 1945-1956 1990
Various Artists
2:30
Lawdy! 1991 Specialty Records 2:28
Stax: Superblues, Vol. 2: All-Time Classic Blues Hits 1991
Various Artists
Stax 2:32
Creole Kings of New Orleans 1992
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:30
Lloyd Price Sings His Big Ten 1994 Curb 2:32
Grand Strand Gold [1998] 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:18
The Specialty Story [Box] 1994
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:30
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Cascade Records 2:31
Lawdy Miss Clawdy 1995 Aim Trading Group Pty, Ltd.
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:27
I Pionieri del Soul 1996
Various Artists
La Republica 2:29
The King's Record Collection, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:32
Specialty Records Greatest Hits 2001
Various Artists
Specialty Records 2:33
Let the Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans' Finest R&B Classics 1949-1966 2002
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:32
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lloyd Price 2002 MCA / Universal 1:50
Songs That Made Elvis Famous 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:31
The R'N'B Hits of 1952 2003
Various Artists
Indigo
Roots of Rock and Roll 1952, Vol. 8 2003
Various Artists
Frémeaux & Associés 2:33
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 2:32
The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll: 1946-1954 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:31
Elvis Inspiration 2004
Various Artists
Boulevard Vintage 2:31
Songs for Elvis 2004
Various Artists
Vivid Sound
100 Hot Rhythm & Blues Tunes from...the R&B Years 1952 2004
Various Artists
Boulevard Dist. Inc. 2:30
1952-1953 2004 Classics 2:33
Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:32
The Best of Rhythm & Blues: Hits 1952-1953 2005
Various Artists
EPM 2:31
Saga Blues: New Orleans Rhythm and Blues "Good Rockin' Tonight" 2005
Various Artists
Saga Blues / Saga Records
Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1952 2005
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
The Best of Jukebox 2005
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications
Roots of Rock N Roll [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 2:33
Rock 'N' Roll Roots: The R&B Influence 2005
Various Artists
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
More Best of the 50's 2005
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
Rock Against the Juke Box, Vol. 5 2006
Various Artists
Magic
Specialty Profiles 2006 Fantasy / Specialty Records 2:34
16 Greatest Hits 2006 Passport Audio 2:22
The Blues Had a Baby...They Called It Rock 'N' Roll 2006
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:34
Rhythm & Blues: The Golden Era 2006
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:31
No Image 2006 Madacy Distribution
New Orleans R&B Outbreak 2007
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:33
The Essential Blue Archive: Lawdy Miss Clawdy 2007 Blue Label / SPV Blue Label
Elvis Pays Tribute to the Blues 2007
Various Artists
New Note / Saga / Saga Blues / Saga Records 2:34
No Image 2007 Concord / Universal Distribution 2:30
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Bell 1:52
Mr. Personality: Million-Sellers and More from ABC 2008 Shout! Factory / Shout! 1:48
The Sound of the 50s: America 2008
Various Artists
Primo Records 2:36
Great Rock N' Roll Roots 2008
Various Artists
Red X
Music of My Life: Golden Decade, Vol. 9 - 1952 2008
Various Artists
Membran 2:29
Lloyd Rocks 2008 Bear Family Records 1:49
100 Percent Blues 2009
Various Artists
Union Square Music / 100 Percent 2:32
The History of Rhythm and Blues 1942-1952 2009
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues / Cargo 2:33
Rhythm & Blues History 2010
Various Artists
ZYX 2:33
Paul McCartney's Jukebox 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:32
The First Rock and Roll Record 2011
Various Artists
Famous Flames 2:29
The History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Vol. 2: Jazz, Blues & Creole Roots 1923-1953 2012
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues 2:31
Simply Rock 'n' Roll [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply
Rock & Roll Beginnings 2012
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 1:46
American R'n'B No. 1 Hits, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:26
Black Stars of Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Documents
Bob Dylan Cover To Cover: The Originals, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Music Melon 2:22
Early R & B Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:36
Elvis Presley & Friends Rockin' Tonight
Various Artists
Slam
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 1:46
Great #1 R&B Hits of the 1950's
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:36
How Britain Got the Blues, Vol. 2: How Merseyside Got the Blues
Various Artists
History of RnB Records 2:31
I Just Love Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:31
No Image Cherished Records 2:24
Jukebox Favourites: The Best of Early R&B
Various Artists
AP Music
No Image Ba-Ba 2:20
No Image Puzzled Records 2:34
Original Versions of the Beatles Club
Various Artists
Cherry Red / Righteous
Rhythm & Blues
Various Artists
Music & Melody / ZYX Music 2:35
No Image
Various Artists
Blanksheets Records 2:34
No Image
Various Artists
Bluebird 2:37
Soul Chronology, Vol. 2: This Old Soul of Mine
Various Artists
History of Soul Records 2:31
Soul of New Orleans
Various Artists
Charly Records
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
The  Beatles Beginnings, Vol. 2: Quarrymen - Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues
The  Original Sound of R&B 1952
Various Artists
Ideal 2:34
The Beatles: Day by Day -- The Originals
Various Artists
Mischief 2:32
The History of Rhythm and Blues 1942-1952
Various Artists
Rhythm & Blues 2:33
The Vintage Collection: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:31
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