Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1946-1949)

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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right" (which he first recorded in 1946) became a hit for Elvis Presley eight years later. Strangely enough, three of the four songs that Crudup recorded on Sept. 6, 1946 all have the same "That's All Right" melody, although each utilize different lyrics. (Crudup was clearly more talented as a lyricist than as a composer.) Nevertheless, he is heard in prime form on the five sessions from 1946-1949, all of which have him joined by the driving bassist Ransom Knowling and drummer Judge Riley. The trio digs into such numbers (in addition to "That's All Right") as Crudup's "After Hours," "Gonna Be Some Changes Made" (which has Big Boy using the words of the standard "There'll Be Some Changes Made" but turning the song into a blues), "Hey Mama, Everything's All Right," "Dust My Broom," and "Shout Sister Shout." Timeless blues.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:54
2 2:57
3 2:52
4 2:48
5 3:07
6 3:11
7 2:42
8 2:44
9 3:01
10 2:53
11 3:01
12 3:11
13 2:45
14 3:13
15 2:45
16 3:03
17
2:43
18 2:37
19
2:42
20 2:39
21 2:34
22
2:43
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