Billy "Crash" Craddock was one of several ex-rockabilly singers -- Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Luman, et al -- who made a go of it in the Country charts. He had several big hits in the early '70s, including the notorious novelty number, "Rub It In." Craddock teetered between novelty and uptempo material, and gooier countrypolitan crooning, a blend that didn't always work as well as you might hope, and Craddock struggled to maintain his fame as time went on, and the hits started to slip away. Here's a quick look at his work...

Discography - Best-Ofs

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Boom Boom Baby" (Bear Family, 1992)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash's Smashes: The Hits Of Billy 'Crash' Craddock" (Razor & Tie, 1997)
A superior collection of one of the more amiable lesser lights of the early '70s country scene... Craddock was an ex-rockabilly singer who retired from show biz for most of the 1960s, then came to Nashville in the early '70s and slowly ramped up to a pretty successful career. He liberally dipped into the past for many of his initial hits, covering old pop and R&B tunes, along with the occasional new tune designed to raise an eyebrow or two. This disc has a lot of his best material, including the sleazy #1 novelty hit (and big Pop crossover), "Rub It In," and similarly salacious numbers like the sequel, "You Rubbed It In All Wrong" and the surprisingly raunchy " 'Till The Water Stops Runnin'." Fun stuff... no big philosophical points or life-changing revelations, but a few fun tunes to hum along to. It belongs to an earlier era when outright dopiness was much more welcome and commonplace... a time that in many ways is sorely missed in today's stuffy all-business atmosphere.

Billy "Crash" Craddock "The Best Of Billy Crash Craddock" (Chart, 1973) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Greatest Hits Volume One" (ABC, 1974) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "16 Favorite Hits" (Starday, 1977) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "The Best Of..." (MCA, 1982) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Greatest Hits" (Capitol, 1983)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash's Greatest Hits" (Colonial, 1986)

Discography - Albums

Billy "Crash" Craddock "I'm Tore Up" (King, 1964) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Knock Three Times" (Cartwheel, 1971) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "You Better Move On" (Cartwheel, 1972) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Two Sides Of Crash" (ABC, 1973) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Billy Crash Craddock" (Columbia-Harmony, 1973) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Mr. Country Rock" (ABC, 1973) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Rub It In" (ABC, 1974) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Still Thinkin' 'Bout You" (ABC/Dot, 1975) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Easy As Pie" (ABC/Dot, 1976) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash" (ABC-Dot, 1976) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Live!" (ABC/Dot, 1977) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "The First Time" (ABC/Dot, 1977) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Singing Is Believing" (ABC/Dot, 1978) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Sings His Greatest Hits" (ABC/Dot, 1978) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Billy Crash Craddock" (Capitol, 1978) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Turning Up And Turning On" (Capitol, 1978) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Laughing And Crying, Living And Dying" (Capitol, 1979) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Changes" (Capitol, 1980) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash Craddock" (Capitol, 1981) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "The New Will Never Wear Off Of You" (Capitol, 1982) (LP)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash Craddock Live!" (Cee Cee, 1985)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Crash Craddock" (MCA/Dot, 1986)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Back On Track" (Atlantic, 1989)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Christmas Favorites" (Cee Cee, 2006)

Billy "Crash" Craddock "Live -N- Kickin' " (2009)


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