"Lawdy Miss Clawdy
" is a song by Lloyd Price
. It was first recorded by Price at the New Orleans
recording studio of Specialty Records
in March of 1952
. It was released under the Specialty label in April and was number one on the Billboard rhythm and blues
chart for seven weeks and stayed on the chart for six months. An 8-bar blues
with a rolicking piano backup, with the words written by Price, but the melody adapted from the older Junker Blues (Champion Jack Dupree
, 1941), it became the biggest rhythm and blues
hit of the year and sold over one million copies by crossing over to the white record-buying market. It was the first hit from New Orleans
to be accepted into rock and roll
.The word lawdy means lord.
, founder of Specialty Records in Los Angeles
was looking for new talent in New Orleans
where Price turned up at an audition. Rupe liked "Lawdy Miss Claudy" so much that he is said to have canceled his plane ticket home to stay and record Price's song. Since Price did not have a band, Rupe hired the band of Dave Bartholomew
which included Fats Domino
and Earl Palmer
to arrange the song and back him up in the recording session.
The recording begins with some characteristic Domino rollicking piano triplets
as the drummer sets down a heavy New Orleans
backbeat. Price's vocals are gritty yet relaxed as he begins:
- Oh now lawdy lawdy lawdy, Miss Clawdy,
- girl you sho' looks good to me
In 1956 the song was covered by Elvis Presley
and stayed on the charts for ten weeks..
The following list contains some of the many cover versions of this song.
The Head Cat (2006)