Lloyd Price – Just Because (1957)
After the great success of “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” Lloyd Price released a few more singles for Specialty that were not as successful. He was then was drafted in 1954. Even though he and Specialty Records tried to get him deferred or discharged he ended up completing his two year service requirement in its entirety.
After making no recordings from 1954 to 1956 Price was ready to get back to music making. Here is the story of the making of his next big hit as explained on the Concord Music Group Website.
“Before entering the Army, Lloyd had engaged the services of a promoter, Harold Logan, and when Specialty Records didn’t renew his contract, Price moved to Washington, D.C. to join Logan and a pal from New Orleans, Bill Boskent, in a venture they called KRC Records. Lloyd adapted an aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto into a tune he called “Just Because,” and recorded it for KRC. And then the story becomes very convoluted. Price’s cousin, Larry Williams, had toured with him as a valet, and, according to Price, Williams saw the initial response to “Just Because,” and rushed out to California to persuade Art Rupe to let him cover it. By Williams’ account, he hadn’t seen Price in a while, and was living in Oakland when he went to Specialty, and someone at Specialty recommended that he cover “Just Because.” The upshot was that Price had to lease his recording to ABC-Paramount to avoid being scooped by his now-estranged cousin and his now-estranged producer. ABC hung onto Lloyd Price and he rewarded them with three monumental hits, “Stagger Lee,” “Personality,” and “I’m Gonna Get Married.” “
“Just Because” zoomed to #3 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #29 on Billboard Pop Charts. It is another of my favorite Lloyd Price tunes.
Read more about Lloyd Price here.
Keep the oldies alive.