This “A LOOK AT THE ARTS/Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” aired on FEBRUARY 12, 2016
GUEST: LLOYD PRICE – Music Icon & Author
February is Black History Month and many of Tom Lounges’ programs are embracing the black musical culture and the artists who have contributed to it over the years.
Today’s guest is LLOYD PRICE who wrote and/or released some of the biggest and most widely covered songs of all time. Songs like “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and“Stagger Lee,” which sold millions of copies and were some of the first recorded by a black man to top the charts. Price’s music was universal and connected with the mainstream at a time when “race music” and R&B – what would soon be called rock and roll – was little known outside of the Chitlin’ Circuit. LLOYD PRICE is a pioneers of rock and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998. This program features the above mentioned mega-hits and many other cuts from Price’s recorded catalog.
Today at the age of 82, Price still has more ambition than people half his age. He is currently working on a stage play, a new album and has just released his second book. His new memoir “sumdumhonky,” focuses on Price’s experiences and encounters as a black entertainer in the segregated America of the mid-20th Century. In his book, Price balances anger and frustration with plenty of wit and humor while reflecting on his life in a way that can also serve as a commentary on the state of race relations today.
The real message LLOYD PRICE sends in his book and while reflecting on his career, is that American dream is possible for people from all walks of life. LLOYD PRICE is an American Music Icon who shares insight in a way that few others could on the era that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll.