Lawdy Miss Clawdy

Lloyd Price

About Lawdy Miss Clawdy

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is a rhythm and blues song by New Orleans singer/songwriter Lloyd Price that "grandly introduced The New Orleans Sound". It was first recorded by Price in 1952 with Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew during his first session for Art Rupe and Specialty Records. The song became one of the biggest selling R&B records of 1952 and crossed over to other audiences. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" inspired many songs and has been recorded by a variety of artists.


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Well, now, lawdy, lawdy, lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Girl, you sure look good to me
Well, please don't excite me baby
Know it can't be me

Because I gave you all my money
Girl, but you just won't treat me right
You like to ball in the mornin'
Don't come back till late at night

I'm gonna tell, tell my mama
Lord, I swear to god, what you been doing to me
I'm gonna tell everybody
That I'm down in misery

Well, now, lawdy, lawdy, lawdy, Miss Clawdy
Lord, I swear to god you look good to me
You just a-wheelin' and rockin', baby
Just as fine as you can be

Well, so bye, bye-bye, baby
Girl, I won't be comin' no more
Good-bye, cruel little darlin'
Down the road I go

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Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price (born March 9, 1933) is an American R&B vocalist. Known as "Mr. Personality", after the name of one of his biggest million-selling hits. His first recording, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" was a huge hit on Specialty Records in 1952, and although he continued to turn out records, none were as popular until several years later, when he refined the New Orleans beat and achieved a series of national hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. more »

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Written by: LLOYD PRICE

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13 facts about this song

Original Composition
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" was originally written and performed by New Orleans singer-songwriter Lloyd Price in 1952. The song quickly rose to pop culture prominence and has since been covered by numerous artists, including Fats Domino.
Fats Domino Interpretation
Fats Domino, another New Orleans native, made his version of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" for his 1956 album Rock and Rollin'. Domino's version of the song is one of the most popular and well-known renditions.
Beginning of the Rock and Roll Era
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is viewed by many music historians as a pioneering song that marked the beginning of the Rock and Roll era.
Iconic Lyrics
The song’s lyrics seem typical of the era, yet they have depth in their simplicity, with lines like, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy, you sure look good to me, 'cause please don't excite me baby, I know it can't be me."
The song was produced by Dave Bartholomew, a pivotal figure in the development of the New Orleans R&B sound that exerted a profound influence on rock & roll.
Billboard Success
The original version by Lloyd Price topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks in 1952.
Cultural References
The song was mentioned in the 1954 film, "Blackboard Jungle," which is associated with the birth of the rock and roll era.
Featured Piano Player
"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" features an iconic piano player- Fats Domino, who gives a memorable performance in Price's original version of the song.
Interpretation by Other Artists
Not just Fats Domino, musicians as diverse as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, The Beatles, and even contemporary bands have covered "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," demonstrating the song's wide-ranging influence.
Induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame
In 2001, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
Lloyd Price’s Career
The success of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" helped launch Lloyd Price's career which grew to include other hits such as "Personality", "Stagger Lee", and "I'm Gonna Get Married".
Album Success
Fats Domino's 1956 album Rock and Rollin', which included his version of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", was a major success and eventually went gold.
Lyrics Interpretation
The lyrics of the song are interpreted by many as a commentary on class and color issues in the American South during the 1950s.

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