Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues delta blues rhythm and blues classic blues mississippi Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1905, Forest, Mississippi, USA, d. 28 March 1976, Nassawadox, Virginia, USA (1974 is also cited). During the 40s and early 50s Crudup was an important name in the blues field, his records selling particularly well in the south. For much of his early life Crudup worked in various rural occupations, not learning to play the guitar until he was 32. His teacher was one ‘Papa Harvey’, a local bluesman, and although Crudup’s guitar style never became adventurous, it formed an effective backdrop for his high, expressive voice. Allegedly, Crudup was playing on the sidewalk in Chicago when he was spotted by the music publisher and general ‘Mr Fixit’ for the blues in the Windy City, Lester Melrose. Like many others with his background, Big Boy’s first recordings were his most countrified; ‘If I Get Lucky’ and ‘Black Pony Blues’ were recorded in September 1941 and probably sold largely to the same group of resident...

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