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 Crudups 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 Boys 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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