Personalities | Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, 1905–74)

Arthur William Crudup was born in Forest, Mississippi and did not learn to play the guitar until his 30s. He worked functions in the Clarksdale area before moving to Chicago in 1940, signing with Bluebird in 1941 and finding considerable popularity on record. He returned to Mississippi after the Second World War and worked locally with Rice Miller and Elmore James. Crudup is perhaps best remembered as an outstanding blues songwriter; several of his tunes, such as ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘My Baby Left Me’, were covered by pop and rock stars, notably Elvis Presley.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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