Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup – Mean Ole Frisco
Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup – Rock Me, Mama
Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup was a Mississippi born bluesman who’s place in history was irreversibly altered the day Elvis Presley made his debut recording, a cover of Crudup’s That’s All Right. Presley went on to popularise two other songs penned by Crudup: My Baby Left Me and So Glad You’re Mine. As the story too often goes, for various reasons, Crudup didn’t see the royalty cheques he was due. He became resentful of the young star and jaded by the music industry. After a sabbatical of several years, Crudup recorded a comeback album for Bobby Robinson’s Fire label in 1962. Both Mean Ole Frisco and Rock Me, Mama are re-recordings of songs Crudup first released in the ’40s. They both also contain the refrain, “that’s all right, mama”; like Crudup felt he needed to remind everyone where that originated from.