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|Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup|
Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup Vol 4 (1952 – 1954)
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, vocal, guitar.
With contributions by Sonny Boy Williamson, Percy Lee Crudup, Joe Willie Wilkins, Robert Dees and others.
Genres: Urban Blues, Mississippi Blues, Early Electric Blues.
Informative booklet notes by Bob Groom.
Detailed discographical information.
Arthur “Big Boy Crudup” has often been called “The Father of Rock And Roll”. His down-home blues recordings from the 1930s and 40s with their sometimes warm, gentle and sometimes hard rocking rhythms, were an inspiration to black and white musicians alike, in particular one Elvis Aaron Presley, whose name was catapulted to international fame with the cover of Crudup’s ‘That’s Alright’ (Mama), the original of which appears on DOCD-5202 Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup Volume 4.
The fourth volume of Crudup’s recordings contains the last of the material which he cut for Victor (including a raucous revival of Professor Longhair’s She Ain’t Got No Hair and its Groove subsidiary. The Groove sides were recorded at two sessions in Atlanta and on them Crudup is teamed with local session men giving a spontaneous, New Orleans, feel. A highlight is when he pulls a fine, preaching solo out of nowhere on The War Is Over. Robert Dees contributes some nice Delta harmonica on several of the early tracks as does Arthur’s son, Percy Lee Crudup on Open Your Book. Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson No.2) suggested Crudup to Lillian McMurry of Trumpet Records in Jackson Mississippi. Miller and his regular session guitarist, Joe Willie Wilkins, backed up Crudup on Gonna Find My Baby, which echoed the similarly titled Dr. Clayton song (later recorded by Little Walter) and Make A Little Love With Me, adapted from Robert Jr. Lockwood’s 'Take A little Walk With Me'. On these titles Wilkins plays superbly and Sonny Boy can be heard having a great time shouting encouragement, lifting Crudup’s music into a different league altogether.
It is a pity that Trumpet didn’t give Crudup a full session. As something of a bonus, appearing for the first time, are two unissued Fire recordings made in New York in 1962, Looka There, She Got No Hair and I Love Her Just The Same.