Personality (Lloyd Price song)

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"Personality"
Single by Lloyd Price
B-side"Have You Ever Had the Blues"
ReleasedApril 1959
GenreR&B, Pop
Length2:35
LabelABC-Paramount
Songwriter(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)
"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]

A version by Anthony Newley reached #6 in the United Kingdom in June 1959. [5]

As "Personalità", 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".

In 1961, both Pat Boone and the Four Lads recorded the song. In 1962, Patti Page did it.

Jerry Lee Lewis released a country and western version on his 1979 album, Jerry Lee Lewis.[6] 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. Others who recorded the song are Mel Carter in 1970, Bill Haley & The Comets in 1973, The Platters in 1974, Tony Orlando and Dawn and Gary Glitter in 1975. Percy Sledge in 1983, Wayne Newton in 1989, and Ronnie Milsap in 2014.

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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 17 - The Soul Reformation: More on the evolution of rhythm and blues. [Part 3]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries.
  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. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "The Help (Music From the Motion Picture)". Amazon.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012.