Quizzo Tonight and Arthur Crudup

You know the dilly. We start it off at O’Neals at 8 p.m. $50 gift cert for the winners. $100 if you can top 120 points. Will be damn impressive if you do. This proved to be a tough (but fun) quiz last night.

Carl will be back at Alla Spina tonight as well. Action starts at 8 p.m.

And we wrap it up tonight at City Tap House. Probably gonna be quiet now that the kids have blown town. Could be a good chance to get a win and a $100 gift cert.

As for today’s music, it’s Arthur Big Boy Crudup, probably the most famous person to ever live in my hometown of Nassawadox, VA. A renowned blues singer, he most certainly had the blues for real: he bounced between Mississippi and Virginia, working on the farm when he wasn’t recording.┬áIn his later years, he worked quite a bit on my grandad’s farm.

He was robbed of his rightful royalties by numerous record companies, and never received either the money or acclaim he deserved.

You may never have heard of him, but you’ve definitely heard some of his songs: That’s Alright Mama was covered by Elvis and became the first single ever recorded. Elvis was a huge fan, once saying, “If I had any ambition, it was to be as good as Arthru Crudup.” Crudup also wrote and recorded My Baby Left Me, which Elvis and CCR covered, and So Glad You’re Mine, also covered by Elvis. If you’re a fan of the blues, check out this album he did with Jimmy Dawkins and Willie Big Eyes Smith. (And no, Crudup won’t be on tonight’s quiz. Just wanted to start throwing in some good music to give these posts a bit more life)

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