Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Lawdy Miss Clawdy

First recorded by Lloyd Price (R&B #1 1952).
Other hit versions by Elvis Presley (UK #15 1957), Gary Stites (US #47 1960), The Buckinghams (US #41 1967), Mickey Gilley (C&W #3 1976).

From the wiki: “‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’ was an R&B song written by New Orleans singer/songwriter Lloyd Price (‘Personality’) that ‘grandly introduced The New Orleans Sound’. It was first recorded by Price in 1952, along with Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino during Price’s first session for Specialty Records. In 1952, Art Rupe, founder of Specialty Records in Los Angeles, came to New Orleans in search of new talent. Local recording studio owner Cosimo Matassa introduced him to Dave Bartholomew, who had co-written and produced many of Fats Domino’s early hit records. Bartholomew invited nineteen year-old Lloyd Price to audition for Rupe at Matassa’s J&M Studio. The accounts differ on what happened next.

“According to Rupe, Price spent too much time rehearsing and Rupe threatened to leave if he did not get it together; Rupe then relented and Price turned out an emotional performance of ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, prompting Rupe to cancel his return flight and to arrange for a full recording session.

“Producer Dave Bartholomew (‘Blue Monday‘, ‘I Hear You Knocking‘, ‘My Ding-a-Ling‘, ‘One Night‘) used his backing band for the session (although the label billed the recording as ‘Lloyd Price and His Orchesta’). The first attempts at performing the song were not successful, reportedly because Bartholomew was dissatisfied with Salvador Doucette’s piano part. When Fats Domino arrived at the studio, he was persuaded by Bartholomew to sit in on the recording. After one run through, Bartholomew announced ‘OK, that’s it!.’ Although Domino had recorded several songs using his trade-mark piano triplets style, Price’s hit provided Domino with his greatest exposure up to that time. Lloyd’s melody is derived from Fats Domino’s 1950 hit ‘The Fat Man’, which Domino explained ‘came from an ol’ blues tune called ‘Junkers Blues’.'”

Elvis Presley, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1957):

Gary Stites, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1960):

The Buckinghams, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1967):

Mickey Gilley, “Bring It On Home to Me/Lawdy Miss Clawdy” live TV performance (1976):

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