Personality (Lloyd Price song)

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"Personality"
Single by Lloyd Price
B-side "Have You Ever Had The Blues"
Released 1959
Genre R&B/pop
Length 2:35
Label ABC-Paramount Records
Writer(s) Harold Logan, Lloyd Price
Lloyd Price singles chronology
"Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day?)"
(1959)
"Personality"
(1959)
"I'm Gonna Get Married"
(1959)

"Personality" is a 1959 R&B/pop hit with music and lyrics by Harold Logan and Lloyd Price. It was released as a single by Price.[1] The single reached #2 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of Lloyd Price's most popular crossover hits. The song was also a #1 U.S. R&B hit, maintaining the top spot for four weeks.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1959.[3] The song reached #9 in the U.K..[4]

As "Personalita", performed by Caterina Valente, it was a major Italian hit in 1960.

In 1967, Mitch Ryder got to #87 with a live medley of this song and Chantilly Lace.

Jerry Lee Lewis released a country and western version on his 1979 album, Jerry Lee Lewis.[5] The song was covered by Annie Ross and the Renzettes in Basket Case 3: The Progeny. The Kidsongs covered this song on their "Let's Put on a Show" video and DVD.

A version of the song is heard in a 2010 TV commercial for NFLshop.com. the NFL's online retailer and also appears on the soundtrack of 2011 film The Help.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 17 - The Soul Reformation: More on the evolution of rhythm and blues. [Part 3]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 470. 
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959
  4. ^ "Personality" by Lloyd Price Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Help (Music From the Motion Picture)". Amazon.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
Preceded by
"Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison
Billboard Hot R&B Sides number-one single
June 29, 1959 - July 20, 1959
Succeeded by
"There Goes My Baby" by The Drifters