Arthur Crudup - sayin' it.

Arthur Crudup - sayin' it.
Arthur Crudup – sayin’ it.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup – in session for John Peel – February 9, 1970 – BBC Radio 1

Ending up the week similar to a note we began with. A session by blues legend Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, recorded for the John Peel Program at BBC Radio 1 on February 9, 1970.

A Delta Blues singer, going back to the 1930s, Crudup is probably best known for his song “That’s Alright” which was covered and made into a mega-hit for Elvis Presley. He was sometimes dubbed “The Father of Rock n’ Roll“, which he thought was slightly ironic. His battles over Royalties caused him to stop recording for a while, but it was the resurgence in interest in musicians like him and Son House and many others, that he was coaxed back into the studio. And it was during his 1970 tour of the UK that he was invited to the BBC to cut a session for John Peel.

Sadly, Crudup died in 1974. But not before he got the recognition he richly deserved.

As a reminder of how great the Delta Blues tradition was, here is Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup’s session for John Peel in 1970.

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