Lloyd Value, Nineteen Fifties “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” R&B singer, dies

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Lloyd Value, the R&B singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame inductee identified for hits together with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” died Might 3. He was 88.

Value’s spouse, Jacqueline, introduced the singer-songwriter’s loss of life at a New Rochelle, N.Y., facility to the Related Press over the weekend. She cited problems from diabetes because the trigger.

Fellow rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fat Domino performed piano on “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” the 1952 R&B No. 1 that launched Value’s lengthy profession. His different hits included “Character” (1959) and “Stagger Lee” (1958). The latter single was controversial in its time because it informed the story of a violent homicide perpetrated by the title character over a hat; Value’s rollicking transforming of the music (that was first recorded in 1923 by Waring’s Pennsylvanians) all however cheers on the killer (“Go, Stagger Lee!”). To appease “American Bandstand,” Value reworked the lyrics for that televised efficiency so the antagonists discovered a peaceable decision. Value informed Billboard in 2013, “It didn’t make any sense in any respect. It was ridiculous.” However, the 1958 single was a No. 1 smash on Billboard’s Scorching 100.

Singer Lloyd Price smiles while wearing a pinstripe jacket with a pin on his lapel.

Lloyd Value on the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame induction dinner on March 19, 2001, in New York Metropolis.

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Value realized to play trumpet and piano whereas rising up in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans. He was working in his mom’s fish-fry restaurant when he wrote “Lawdy.” Nonetheless, the Jim Crow-era segregation of audiences weighed closely on him.

After “Lawdy” was performed on white radio stations, he stated, “For the primary time in my life, I seen Black individuals and white individuals sitting collectively within the Dew Drop in Louisiana and I’m singing ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ and all people clapping; I stated, ‘What on this planet?’”

In the identical interview, Value stated he resisted signing contracts that had been provided him for his songwriting rights: “By no means signed a contract. That’s why as we speak, I bought all my masters.”

That enterprise acumen served him effectively as he expanded to ventures past his writing and performing profession. He fashioned a number of document labels; owned New York building corporations that constructed middle-income houses; manufactured Southern-style meals merchandise comparable to “Lloyd Value’s Soulful ‘n’ Clean Grits”; and he was in on the promotion, with Don King, of two of probably the most well-known boxing matches in historical past — the “Thrilla in Manila,” pitting Muhammad Ali in opposition to Joe Frazier, and the “Rumble within the Jungle,” with Ali dealing with George Foreman.

Value was referred to as an amiable presence, a lot in order that his nickname grew to become “Mr. Character” (referencing his 1959 hit). Nonetheless, he was vocal about racism in America. He posted throughout final 12 months’s Black Lives Matter protests that he was “seething”: “I’ve at all times had a smile on my face as I’ve gone by way of life … I’ve at all times executed my greatest to please. However beneath my affable exterior is a person who’s seething.”

That is in line with the person who titled his second e-book, a set of essays, “sumdumhonky.” Its chapters embrace titles comparable to “I’m a N— (I Thought)” and “No Pals within the Banks for Blacks.” After turning into a recording star, he was drafted for the Korean Warfare and served in a particular unit entertaining the troops, to which he referred in a 2018 Fb publish opposing the administration of President Donald Trump.

Value was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1998. He later joined the Louisiana Music Corridor of Fame and the Nationwide Rhythm and Blues Corridor of Fame. Kenner celebrates Lloyd Value Day every Aug. 17.

In a tweet the day Value’s loss of life was introduced, Steven Van Zandt of the E Avenue Band identified the singer preceded fellow musical pioneer Little Richard in rock historical past, calling him a “Righteous cat. Monumental expertise.”

The Reverend Al Sharpton famous Value’s accomplishments as each musician and entrepreneur in a tweeted tribute: “He was an actual trailblazer in music and black enterprise empowerment.”

Value is survived by his spouse, Jackie Battle; three daughters Lori, D’Juana and December; two sons, Lloyd Jr. and Paris; and a sister, Rose.

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