Bobby Lewis who recorded the huge hit TOSSIN AND TURNIN in 1961 learned piano and music in an orphanage. Adopted at 12 he had jobs as ice man, desk clerk, janitor and truck driver. His first song was Solid As A Rock in 1956.
LLOYD PRICE’S Lawdy Lawdy Miss Clawdy in 1952 featured drummer Earl Palmer and Fats Domino on piano. Price flubbed the 3rd line but it didn’t matter, it hit #1 R&B anyway. Later, In 1959 Price took an old folk song called Stak-o-Lee bout two gamblers and rewrote it into another #1 hit...Staggerlee. For a while during his heyday, Price’s valet and chauffeur was Larry (Short Fat Fannie) Williams.