Arthur Crudup

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Arthur Crudup
Also known as Big Boy
Born August 24, 1905(1905-08-24)
Died March 28, 1974(1974-03-28) (aged 68)
Genres Blues
Years active 1939–1974

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (August 24, 1905March 28, 1974) was a delta blues singer and guitarist. He wrote songs that Elvis Presley later sang.

Life and career[change | change source]

Early life[change | change source]

Crudup was born in Forest, Mississippi, and worked as a migrant worker until he and his family went back to Mississippi in 1926.

Early career[change | change source]

Crudup sang gospel music and blues music. He played in a band called the Harmonizing Four in 1939. A record producer called Lester Melrose got him work with the Bluebird label.

Later career[change | change source]

Crudup stopped recording in the 1950s. His last Chicago recording was in 1951. He also recorded in 1952–54 for a radio station called WGST in Atlanta.[1] In the 1960s he started recording again with Fire Records and Delmark Records.

Later life[change | change source]

In the mid 60s, Crudup went back to working as a farmer in Virginia, where he lived with his family: his three sons and several of his own siblings.

Death[change | change source]

He died because of heart disease and diabetes. He died in the Nassawadox hospital in Northampton County, Virginia, also on the Eastern Shore in 1974.

References[change | change source]

  1. Groom, Bob, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Complete Recorded Works Vol.3 (11 March 1949 to 15 January 1952) DOCD-5203, Document Records, 1993.

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