The first LP I ever bought was Cosmo's Factory, by Creedence Clearwater Revival, purchased with lawn mowing money. I was twelve years old, and it was a big deal. It would be months before I bought a second album. So I did what kids do. I devoured it. All of it. I could recite the liner notes, what little there were. Even the song writing credits were studied. What's this? Elias McDaniel? Who's that? Though I didn't know what they were called, it was the first time I became cognizant of cover versions. There were four songs written by someone other than J.C. Fogerty, whom, aided by my young super sleuth skills, I deducted to be the guy in the band, John Fogerty. The covers were well chosen, "Before You Accuse Me", "Ooby Dooby", "My Baby Left Me" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Of the four, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's original version of "My Baby Left Me" was one that eluded me the longest, as in decades. He also wrote "That's All Right, Mama", one of Elvis's earliest recordings, Sun era.
Crudup would go in and out of the music business from the forties through the sixties, depending on how badly he was getting screwed. In the off years he supplanted periodic club gigs with work as a laborer, and later dabbled in bootlegging. But he never really got his due. Here's just a taste. Go buy a record.
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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - Rock Me Mama mp3 at Ohio.edu (?)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right Mama mp3 at Ohio.edu (?)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - My Baby Left Me (streaming) at YouTube
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - So Glad You're Mine (streaming) at YouTube
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - So Glad You're Mine at YouTube 1974
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup at Wikipedia