Personnel: Lloyd Price (vocals); Larry Price (vocals); Carl Thomas (saxophone); Lawrence E. Marioneaux, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Wallace Davenport (trumpet); Edward Frank, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns (piano); Earl Palmer (drums, drum); Charles "Honeyman" Otis (drums); Ernest McLean (guitar); Joseph Harris (alto saxophone); Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Dave Bartholomew (trumpet); Fats Domino (piano).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: J&M Music Shop, New Orleans, LA (03/13/1952-06/29/1956); Universal Recorders, Hollywood, CA (03/13/1952-06/29/1956).
This selection of the Louisiana rock & roll pioneer Lloyd Price's recordings for the Specialty label contains his first number one R&B hit, 1952's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," as well as subsequent classics, like the syncopated "Tell Me Pretty Baby," and the rolling, bluesy "Ain't It a Shame?," recorded before he entered the army in 1954. Price's high, pleading tenor was ideally suited for the pop market, as shown by his later success with songs like a reworking of the ancient "Stagger Lee" and the peppy "Personality," but on these early tracks he displays the irresistible, unpolished charm of his New Orleans origins. This package also includes a CD sampler of other releases in this series.