It was 1952, and a 19-year-old Lloyd Price was working out a new song on the piano at his mother's Kenner restaurant when he caught the eye, and ear, of local bandleader and talent scout Dave Bartholomew. Price soon found himself in Cosimo Matassa's soon-to-be legendary J&M Studios, where he recorded that song, "Lawdy Miss Clawdy," with none other than Fats Domino on piano and Earl Palmer on drums. It would become an immediate hit, selling a million copies and spending seven weeks atop Billboard's R&B charts. It would also mark the start of a career that would see Price crank out 15 top-ten R&B hits, including "Personality" and "Stagger Lee," raising the national profile of the then-burgeoning New Orleans sound -- and earning Price recognition one of the earliest architects of rock 'n' roll.
"It was two weeks, the record (had been playing) on the radio. I'm hearing it every day. And my brother, my elder brother said, 'Ain't no other Lloyd Price in Kenner. They keep saying (Lloyd Price). Is that you?' I said, 'I think so!' I had never heard myself. I never heard nothing about a microphone. And a week or so later, the world just blew loose." -- Lloyd Price, discussing "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" in a 2009 interview at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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I was born and raised in downtown New Orleans into a culture of cooking, music, dance, art and crafts. My grandfather's hobby was visual art, my dad is a chef, and my grandmother sewed clothing; I freelanced all these talents. As a child my father registered my siblings and I in dance and music classes. I attended McDounah 35 Senior High, but due to Hurricane Katrina, I graduated from Westside High in Houston, Texas. After graduating high school, I moved back home and worked full time while attending Delgado, then William Carey for college prerequisites.
I later attended Dillard University School of Nursing in 2012 and I graduated May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I am currently a Registered Nurse aspiring to become a Nurse Midwife. I also completed Doula training with Sista Midwife Productions in November 2014 and became a part of Birthmark Doula Collective shortly after.
People often ask, “What’s your focus?” This is a difficult conversation in one setting. My focus is my belief. My art tells a story in the form of poetry. As an artist, I feel free to express my vision through creations not limited to sewing, painting, drawing, or craft. It all depends on the message I am sending. I dream of a world where we can live holistically in nature, health, and beauty. Originality and authenticity of species and spirit is my highest value. I am now working my way back into the art world to continue sharing this vision with the world.
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