July 12 – Lloyd Price, Janis Ian, Disco demolition

1952

19-year-old New Orleans vocalist Lloyd Price hits USR&B#1 with his Specialty Records recording of Lawdy Miss Clawdy.
 
It makes Price the first teenager to sell a million records. He wrote the song when he was 17. His release of 1911 song Stagger Lee (*) makes US#1 on Feb. 9, 1959 (the radio plays a censored version). He follows with a June 29, 1959 USR&B#1 with Personality; music by Harold Logan. (live) 
 
Price is inducted into the Rock HoF in 1998.
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1975

US singer, songwriter Janis Ian makes US#3 with her heartbreaker At Seventeen. (*)
 
It’s from her US#1 seventh album Between the Lines. Ian sings the song on the premiere of TV sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, guest hosted by George Carlin, on October 11.
 
It wins the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1976. In 2008 the song is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth… (*)

Written when she was 15, 1967 Ian song Society’s Child (US#14) was inducted earlier in 2002.
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1979
Disco Demolition Night: a crate of disco records is blown up between games at Comiskey Park in Chicago. (*)

 
Thousands of fans surge onto the field, inciting a riot. Batting cages are wrecked; the bases are stolen. TV news:Disco demo 

See also: The Last Days of Disco (1998 film)