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Billy Crash Craddock

After an aborted career as a '50s teen idol, Billy "Crash" Craddock returned to his first love, country music, and earned the nickname "Mr. Country Rock" with a string of popular hits during the '70s. Born in Greensboro, NC, in 1939, Craddock earned his nickname as a running back on his high-school football team, and grew up a huge fan of the Grand Ole Opry. He signed with Columbia in the late '50s, but instead of marketing him as a country singer, the label tried to make him a teen idol, and had him record a mix of Elvis-style rockabilly tunes and pop ballads. Craddock did manage to land three hit singles in Australia, but none in his home country, and aside from a lone album for King in 1964 (I'm Tore Up), he was largely missing-in-action afterwards. That all changed in 1971, when Craddock signed with Cartwheel Records -- this time as a country artist. His first five singles -- a remake of "Knock Three Times," "Dream Lover," "You Better Move On," "Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on The Trees)," and "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" -- all made the country Top Ten over 1971-1972. He subsequently moved to ABC and scored his first chart-topper with 1974's "Rub It In," which also crossed over to the pop Top 20. More hits followed, including a second number one in 1975 with a remake of the Drifters' "Ruby Baby," and a third in 1977's "Broken Down in Tiny Pieces." All told, Craddock landed in the country Top Ten a total of 18 times from 1971-1979, with his final entry being "If I Could Write a Song as Beautiful as You." He recorded for Capitol during the late '70s and early '80s, by which time his commercial momentum had finally slowed. ~ Steve Huey
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Track List: Crash's Smashes - The Hits Of Billy Crash Craddock

1. Knock Three Times

2. Dream Lover

3. You Better Move On

5. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door

6. 'Til The Water Stops Runnin'

7. Sweet Magnolia Blossom

8. Rub It In

9. Ruby, Baby

10. Still Thinkin' 'Bout You

11. I Love The Blues And The Boogie Woogie

12. Easy As Pie

13. Walk Softly

14. You Rubbed It In All Wrong

15. Broken Down In Tiny Pieces

16. A Tear Fell

17. The First Time

18. I Cheated On A Good Woman's Love

19. If I Could Write A Song As Beautiful As You

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I would like know if Billy sill lives in nc.
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this is what my husband use to propose to me many years ago, it stil get to me
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jeanwilliams r a l e i g h
I fell in love to broken down in tiny pieces in 1984
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jlwbowler
I'm a personal friend of bill. He is one of the most talented performers there has ever been. Love ya bill. Love his songs. Grew up listening to them.
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I hate they don't have on iTunes but it's on Amazon
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Why can't I find his music on itunes
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Such awesome talent..Love his voice and the way he express in the voice.
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bobkriss36
What great lyrics
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He came to my home town in 1985, for our 100 year celebration, what a show he put on. I bought one of his tapes, when I went up to have him sign it my daughter (9) at the time reached up and put her arms around his neck, gave him a big hug and he gave her one back. All the women in out their gave a moan, wishing it were them I am sure. He signed the back of her jacket and she still has it today. love his tunes.
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desertman857 0 4
Can't Get Enough Of Him.
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He's my favorite.

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