Billy "Crash" Craddock

Billy "Crash" Craddock

Born Jun 16, 1939

Billy "Crash" Craddock is an American country and rockabilly singer. He first gained popularity in Australia in the 1950s with a string of rockabilly hits, including the Australian number one hit "Boom Boom Baby". Switching to country music, he gained popularity in United States in the 1970s with a string of top ten country hits, several of which were number one hits, including "Rub It In", "Broken Down in Tiny Pieces", and "Ruby Baby". Craddock is known to fans as "Mr.… Read More

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1939 Birth Billy Wayne Craddock was born June 16, 1939 in Greensboro, North Carolina. … Read More


1957 18 Years Old Craddock's first release was "Smacky-Mouth", which was recorded in 1957 for the local Greensboro Sky Castle label. … Read More
1958 19 Years Old He soon got a deal with Columbia's Date Records. He released "Ah, Poor Little Baby" with no success. The song was covered in England by Adam Faith. He began recording for Columbia Records in 1958, recording rockabilly and pop tunes. … Read More


1959 20 Years Old 1 More Event
He appeared twice on American Bandstand but failed to have a hit in the U.S. The only song that charted in the U.S. was Don't Destroy Me, which peaked at No. 94 for one week in November 1959. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old Craddock spent several years out of the music business while working in a cigarette factory and hanging drywall. He soon returned to recording, now as a country singer. He signed with Cartwheel Records in 1969.
1971 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He soon had his first number one hit with a cover of the Tony Orlando and Dawn pop hit "Knock Three Times" in 1971. … Read More
1973 34 Years Old In 1973, Craddock signed with ABC Records (later ABC/Dot Records), where he enjoyed his biggest hits.
1974 35 Years Old One was "Sweet Magnolia Blossom" but his biggest hit, 1974's "Rub It In", was also a modest pop hit. … Read More
1975 36 Years Old Craddock was also credited with doing one of the better covers of Roy Head and the Traits Treat Her Right. 1975 he released Still Thinkin' 'Bout You. … Read More
1977 38 Years Old In 1977, he moved to Capitol Records, where he had his last two top 10 hits: "I Cheated on a Good Woman's Love" (1978) and "If I Could Write a Song as Beautiful as You" (1979).


1983 44 Years Old He recorded several more albums for Capitol before leaving the label in 1983.
1986 47 Years Old In 1986, he recorded an album for MCA/Dot Records, titled Crash Craddock.


1989 50 Years Old He moved to Atlantic Records in 1989, and released Back on Track. … Read More


2006 67 Years Old Craddock released a new album of Christmas songs in 2006, titled Christmas Favorites. … Read More
2011 72 Years Old Craddock was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
2016 77 Years Old As of 2016, Craddock continues to tour and perform concert dates in the United States, Canada and in Europe, where he retains a cult following. … Read More
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