Arthur Big Boy Crudup Vol 4 1952 – 1954
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Arthur Big Boy Crudup
Complete Recorded Works (1941 1954)
Vol. 4: 15th January 1952 to 8th April 1954
Featuring the recordings of:
Arthur Big Boy Crudup, vocal / guitar; J. Sheffield, stand-up bass; N. Butler, drums. Arthur Big Boy Crudup (as Arthur Blues Crump & His Guitar), vocal / guitar; Robert Dees, harmonica; unknown, piano; unknown, stand-up bass; unknown, drums. Arthur Big Boy Crudup, vocal / guitar; Percy Lee Crudup, harmonica on 9; Robert Dees, harmonica on 10, 11; unknown, stand-up bass; unknown, drums. Arthur Big Boy Crudup (as Elmer or Elmo James), vocal; accompanied by Sonny Boy Williamson, harmonica; Joe Willie Wilkins, guitar; Sam, stand-up bass. Arthur Big Boy Crudup, vocal / guitar; J. J. Jones, tenor sax; Edward Lumpkin, piano; Charles Holloway, stand-up bass; Lafayette Lawson, drums. Arthur Big Boy Crudup, vocal / guitar; unknown, harmonica; Thomas Patten, piano; Robert Fulton, guitar; Joe Thomas, stand-up bass; Willie Willis, drums. Arthur Big Boy Crudup, vocal / guitar; unknown, stand-up bass; unknown, 2nd guitar added on 22; unknown, drums.
Genres: Blues, Country Blues, Mississippi Blues, Country Blues Guitar, Urban Blues, Early Chicago Blues, Blues Guitar, Blues Harmonica, Blues Piano,
Abridged from this albums original booklet notes. Although there was no obvious decline in the quality of his records, by 1952 Arthur Big Boy Crudups tried-and-tested trio format was not garnering the big sales it had in previous years. Nonetheless Victor stuck with him until 1954, when they recorded him for the last time, issuing only 2 of the 4 titles made. These, like two of his November, 1953 recordings, were issued on Victors Groove label, which was directly aimed at the jukebox and R & B charts. Their lack of success meant that, after a dozen years with Bluebird / Victor, Crudup no longer had a recording contract. Perhaps sensing Victors loss of interest and keen to supplement his income, Arthur had done some moonlighting in 1952, recording for no less than three independent labels. All these sessions took place in Jackson, Mississippi and at the time Arthur was farming back home in Forest and finding times pretty tough. Robert Dees played harmonica on the session for Johnny Vincent and one side of the Checker record. This was issued as by Percy Lee Crudup, who was actually one of Arthurs sons. Percy Lee, plays harmonica on the other Checker. As Elmore James was now in Chicago and involved with other labels, Lillian McMurry hit on the idea of a substitute to follow up his 1951 Dust My Broom hit for Trumpet Records. Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson No.2) suggested Big Boy Crudup, who had broadcast with him over radio station KFFA, West Memphis on the King Biscuit Show. Miller and his regular session guitarist, Joe Willie Wilkins, backed up Crudup on Gonna Find My Baby, which echoed the similarly titled Dr. Clayton song (later recorded by Little Walter) and Make A Little Love With Me, adapted from Robert Jr. Lockwoods Take A little Walk With Me (Bluebird B-8820), with Wilkins playing superbly and Miller shouting encouragement; pity that Trumpet didnt give Crudup a full session. His last recording for Victor had seen a raucous revival of Professor Longhairs She Aint Got No Hair (Talent 809) but it didnt set the charts on fire. Rock and roll came along and old-time blues singers were has-beens. Out of the blue, a couple of years later, Arthur received an invitation to go up to New York to record for Bobby Robinson, possibly on the recommendation of Elmore James. Big Boy Crudup re-cut many of his old Bluebird / Victor hits but unfortunately Robinsons Fire / Fury Records went out of business not many months later and the LP and 2 singles from the session had only limited distribution.Bob Groom Copyright: Document Records 1993