Billy "Crash" Craddock

Two Sides of 'Crash'

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The two sides of Billy "Crash" Craddock, according to this 1973 LP, are honky tonk balladeer, and singer of countrified covers of rock & roll songs. The second side contains the latter, including two songs that were hits for Craddock a year earlier on the Cartwheel label: "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door," and Eddie Fontaine's rockabilly classic "Ain't Nothin' Shakin'." Craddock also covers Willie Dixon's "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover," which sits uneasily on the same side of the record as Merle Haggard's puzzling "I'm a White Boy" ("I'm proud and white and I've got a song to sing.") The ballad side has Craddock's first two hits for ABC, "Afraid I'll Want to Love Her One More Time," and Stonewall Jackson's "Don't Be Angry." Unlike many of Craddock's other recordings, there is no trace of Elvis Presley in his vocal performances here; instead, a hint of George Jones creeps in, and the constant presence of Lloyd Green's steel guitar keeps even the R&B songs strictly countrified. Two Sides of 'Crash' is not Craddock's best album, but is, at the very least, interesting.

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