Song Of The Day: Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup – My Baby Left Me
Delta and Rhythm and Blues singer Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crodup had a clear inluence on the development of Rock ‘n Roll. Three of his songs including “My Baby Left Me” were later covered by Elvis Presley, but not only Presley covered Crodup’s songs also Elton John and Rod Stewart knew how to re-record the work of this bluesman.
“My Bay Left Me” was originally recorded on November 8, 1950, with Ransom Knowling on bass and Judge Riley on drums. The rockin’ bassline and the swinging drum at the intro of this song really make this song kick off! I also like it that in the cover versions this part of the song hasn’t changed.
After visiting Chicago in 1939 he stayed there to live a hard life as a musician. After he met blues producer Lester Melrose and Tampa Red, his career went beter. Crodup got the change to record songs which he did throughout the forties and fifties.
Elvis Presley Version
Elvis Presley admired Arthur “Big Boy” crodup, that may be the reasion the King of Rock ‘n Roll recorded three of his songs. Elvis versions of “My Baby Left Me” Brings a lot more country and rock ‘n Roll to the song; absolutely worth listening.
Elvis Presley – My Baby Left Me
Arthur Crodup Interview
By Tom Hilton (originally posted to Flickr as img261) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons