Lloyd Price, singer and early rock influence, dies at 88

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NEW YORK (AP) — Lloyd Price, a New Orleans mainstay and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has died.

Price was known for such hits as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Stagger Lee.”

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His wife Jacqueline said he died Monday in New Rochelle, New York. He was 88.

Price was among the last survivors of a post-World War II scene that anticipated the rise of rock in the mid-1950s.

Along with Fats Domino among others, Price fashioned a deep, exuberant sound around the brass and swing of New Orleans jazz and blues that placed high on R&B charts and eventually crossed over to white audiences.