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Lawdy Miss Clawdy

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Lloyd Price

Recorded: February 3, 1956, RCA Studios, New York
Released master is take 10.

Single:w/ "Shake Rattle and Roll", 47-6642 (45 RPM) / 20-6642 (78 RPM), August 31, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0615, September 30, 1958

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: For LP Fans Only - February 1959
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My Spin

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To me, Elvis' take on "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" gives Lloyd Price's original a run for its money, which is saying a lot! They both rock pretty hard, although Lloyd edges out Elvis in that regard: It's a little more raw and urgent and has the added advantage of Fats Domino at the piano!
Elvis and the boys aren't quite as manic but it's still some hard driving boogie! This was Elvis' second set of RCA sessions, his first in New York, and all the recordings were top-notch. Shorty Long's piano stands out here on this tune, but Scotty's guitar is scorching, and nobody's slackin', including Elvis. All in all, a good solid R&B number given top treatment! Elvis revisited the song for his '68 Comeback special and gave a great raw performance. He would incorporate the tune into his '70s live act as well, and a version was captured for the Elvis On Tour film.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" begins with fast piano chords - unusual, in view of the slow pulse. This is a genuine performance - a change from the spliced perfection of some artists - but there is hesitation in Presley's voice. I suspect he had not thoroughly absorbed the song.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

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"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" Lyrics and Downloads

Well lawdy, lawdy, lawdy miss clawdy
Girl you sure look good to me
But please don't excite me baby
I know it can't be me

Well as a girl you want my money
Yeah but you just won't treat me right
You like to ball every morning
Don't come home till late at night

Oh gonna tell, tell my mama
Lord, I swear girl what you been to me
I'm gonna tell everybody that I'm down in misery

So bye, bye, bye, baby
Girl, I won't be comin' no more
Goodbye little darlin' down the road I'll go
So, bye, bye, bye baby
Girl, I won't be comin' no more
Goodbye little darlin' down the road I'll go
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