My Baby Left Me: The Definitive Collection

Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 14 Nov 2011


"A rough declamatory voice lends truth to every word and note"  4/5  MOJO

"Genuinely powerful blues man"  BLUES IN BRITAIN


CAT No: FVDD133UPC TEXT: 5055311001333

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You’d think the man that contributed two songs to Elvis Presley’s early repertoire would become a rich citizen. But it didn’t happen to Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. Royalties for ‘That’s All Right’, ‘My Baby Left Me’ and ‘So Glad You’re Mine’ were never paid during his lifetime. But he’d had success during the decade before Presley’s arrival, with six top ten hits between 1945 and 1951. Both sides of a single, ‘Rock Me Mama’ and ‘Who’s Been Foolin’ You’, reached #3 and # 5 respectively in May 1945, followed by another #3, ‘Keep Your Arms Around Me’, the following December. In October 1946, ‘So Glad You’re Mine’ also reached #3, while its B-side, ‘Ethel Mae’ got to #4 the following month. His final hit, ‘I’m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole’, reached #9 in November 1951.Born in 1905 in Forest, Mississippi, Crudup didn’t pick up a guitar until he was in his thirties.

He moved to Chicago in 1941 and came to the notice of session fixer Lester Melrose. His first session contained two stark masterpieces, ‘Death Valley Blues’ and ‘If I Get Lucky’. A second session in April 1942 included ‘Mean Old ’Frisco Blues’, which joined the ranks of blues classics. He had a high-pitched voice for a large man and his guitar playing was functional rather than accomplished. Nevertheless, his forceful, declamatory vocals grabbed the listener’s attention in a way that more sophisticated artists failed to do. He also had excellent musicians backing him, with bassist Ransom Knowling and drummer Judge Lawrence Riley forming a productive partnership.In the early 1950s, Crudup made singles for Champion, Checker and Trumpet before retiring from recording to support a large family. He re-emerged in 1962 to make an album for Bobby Robinson’s Fire label.

Toward the end of the decade he made two albums for Delmark and set off on tours of Europe and the antipodes. Efforts were made to locate his royalties; he was promised $60,000 but never received it. Crudup died in 1974 but the following years his manager managed to get a $248,000 cheque for his family. Since then, more than three million dollars have been paid. Crudup never got lucky but his family did.



  1. Death Valley Blues (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  2. If I Get Lucky (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  3. Standing At My Window (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  4. Give Me A 32-20 (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  5. Mean Old ’Frisco Blues (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  6. Cool Disposition (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  7. Who's Been Foolin’ You (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  8. Rock Me Mama (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  9. Keep Your Arms Around Me (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  10. I'm In The Mood (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  11. She’s Gone (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  12. Ethel Mae (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  13. So Glad You’re Mine (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  14. You Got To Reap (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  15. Chicago Blues (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  16. Crudup’s After Hours (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  17. That’s All Right (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  18. Crudup’s Vicksburg Blues (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  19. Gonna Be Some Changes Made (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  20. Katie May (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  21. Just Like A Spider (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  22. Dust My Broom (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  23. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  24. Shout, Sister, Shout (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  25. Come Back Baby (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)


  1. She’s Just Like Caldonia (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  2. Mean Old Santa Fe (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  3. She Ain’t Nothing But Trouble (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  4. Anytime Is The Right Time (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  5. My Baby Left Me (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  6. Star Bootlegger (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  7. Too Much Competition (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  8. Love Me Mama (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  9. Where Did You Stay Last Night (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  10. I’m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  11. Goin’ Back To Georgia (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  12. Mr So And So (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  13. Late In The Evening (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  14. Nelvina (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  15. My Baby Boogies All The Time (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  16. I Wonder (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  17. Open Your Book (Daddy Wants To Read With You) (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  18. Tears In My Eyes (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  19. Gonna Find My Baby (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  20. Make A Little Love (With Me) (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  21. My Wife And Woman (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  22. The War Is Over (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  23. If You Ever Been To Georgia (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  24. Help Me To Bear This Heavy Load (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)
  25. She’s Got No Hair (Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup)