MY BABY LEFT ME * ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP * RCA VICTOR 1401 * UK
Arthur Crudup was born in 1905 and never recorded until 1944, he had migrated to Chicago a few years earlier and was living in a packing crate under the railway and earning a little money playing guitar in the streets, when, as Bill Dahl, in The All Music Guide To The Blues writes, he was asked by RCA/Bluebird producer Lester Melrose to play at a party at Tampa Reds road House along with Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson and Lil Greene. Melrose signed him to RCA and his first release Rock Me Mama Bluebird 34-0275 recorded in Chicago 15 December 1944 was to have a powerful and lasting effect on Blues music. But it was his That's All Right (Mama) that was to change the course of Popular music history when it was released as Elvis Presley's debut for Sun Records.
My Baby Left Me was the only single play 45 to be issued in the UK by Arthur Crudup; released in 1964 some thirteen years after it came out in the US! Recorded in Chicago November 8th 1950 it was originally released in the US on RCA 50-0109 backed with Anytime Is The Right Time as the B side.
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