Price died on May 3 of “complications from diabetes” according to Tom Trapani, his leader for 25 years.
Price was called “Mr. Personality” for his smash recording of “Personality” and was known for adapting the 1950s New Orleans sound.
“Lloyd Price is a man who did everything right at a time when what they called ‘race records’ should not cross to the pop charts,” singer Tony Rich said at the introduction of Price.
Rich also praised him for later setting up record companies, owning radio stations and even promoting championships in the 1970s. “He’s a very smart man, as we all know.”
Rich said “Stagger Lee,” released in 1958, was a true story of “ghetto life,” becoming a new kind of radio topic. It enabled countless other rock and rap songs that “Mr. Price might not want to take the rap for. It’s not your fault, Lloyd. You opened the door. It’s not your fault for who followed you through. “
Trapani called Price “a dear friend, a great man, one of the best, kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”