Billy "Crash" Craddock
American singer
Billy "Crash" Craddock
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.
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Estess appointed temporary Sulphur Police Chief - KPLC-TV
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Currently Assistant Chief Billy Craddock is assuming the duties of police chief during Abrahams' suspension. Council members asked Duncan why he selected Estess for the temporary promotion and not Craddock. Duncan said he wanted someone neutral in the
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Theft of goods among Sulphur Police arrests - Sulphur Southwest Daily News
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By Anonymous Sulphur Police Asst. Chief Billy Craddock reports that from May 17 to May 18, 2011 officers of the Sulphur Police Department investigated six traffic accidents reporting no injuries and issued nine traffic citations
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Sulphur Police Chief faces disciplinary action - Sulphur Southwest Daily News
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During his suspension, Assistant Chief Billy Craddock will be Acting Chief. Events in the next few weeks will determine the future of the chief position as Abrahams retains the right of appeal within 15 calendar days from notification of disciplinary
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Police officers, attorney honored at Law Day (5/9) - The American Press (blog)
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Assistant Sulphur Police Chief Billy Craddock presented the Law Enforcement Award to Detective Lane Matte, while Jack Caskey gave the Liberty Bell Award to Lake Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Matte was cited for his law enforcement
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy "Crash" Craddock
  • 2016
    Age 76
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Upcoming tour dates can be found on Craddock's official website and on his official Facebook page. Notes Citations
  • 2011
    Age 71
    Craddock was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    Craddock released a new album of Christmas songs in 2006, titled Christmas Favorites.
    More Details Hide Details A new live album, Live -N- Kickin', was recorded and released in 2009.
  • 1989
    Age 49
    He moved to Atlantic Records in 1989, and released Back on Track.
    More Details Hide Details The album yielded one minor hit, "Just Another Miserable Day Here in Paradise", which reached No. 74 on the charts.
  • 1986
    Age 46
    In 1986, he recorded an album for MCA/Dot Records, titled Crash Craddock.
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  • 1983
    Age 43
    He recorded several more albums for Capitol before leaving the label in 1983.
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  • 1977
    Age 37
    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).
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  • 1975
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Craddock consistently hit the country top ten in the 1970s and he became one of country music's first male sex symbols, unusually handsome for a male country star of the era and dressed in stage clothes exposing his hairy, muscular chest as he growled his way through rocking numbers and love songs with a stage persona strongly influenced by Elvis Presley.
  • 1974
    Age 34
    One was "Sweet Magnolia Blossom" but his biggest hit, 1974's "Rub It In", was also a modest pop hit.
    More Details Hide Details Today, several bars from the song are featured in commercials for Glade Plug-In products.
  • 1973
    Age 33
    In 1973, Craddock signed with ABC Records (later ABC/Dot Records), where he enjoyed his biggest hits.
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  • 1971
    Age 31
    Other hits he had for Cartwheel, all during 1971-1972, included "Dream Lover", "You Better Move On", "Ain't Nothin' Shakin' (But the Leaves on The Trees)", and "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door", were all top 10 hits in 1971 and 1972.
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    He soon had his first number one hit with a cover of the Tony Orlando and Dawn pop hit "Knock Three Times" in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His version was faster and included Cajun fiddles. The song also reached the top five of the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart that spring, beginning a streak of hits that continued throughout the 1970s.
  • 1969
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 19
    In 1959, Craddock traveled to Australia with Bobby Rydell, The Everly Brothers, Santo and Johnny, and The Diamonds.
    More Details Hide Details He didn't know how popular he was in the country and didn't think that anyone would recognize him there. When the plane arrived at the airport, there were thousands of screaming teenagers. Craddock didn't know that he had the number one record in the country. He soon became the most popular teen idol in the country and is still popular today. After his hits in Australia, he recorded one album and several singles during the 1960s. I'm Tore Up was released in 1964 on King Records. He released two singles with Mercury Records in the early 1960s. He then went on to record several singles with the Chart label with no success.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He did, however, become very popular in Australia. He also recorded some songs that become synonymous with other artistes. He recorded "Am I to Be the One" and "I Want That", which were covered most notably by Jerry Lee Lewis and UK rockers Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.
  • 1958
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was marketed as a teen idol by Columbia, as they needed an artist to compete with Elvis.
  • 1957
    Age 17
    Craddock's first release was "Smacky-Mouth", which was recorded in 1957 for the local Greensboro Sky Castle label.
    More Details Hide Details He released his next single, titled "Birddoggin'", on Colonial Records. It was also released in 1957.
  • 1939
    Billy Wayne Craddock was born June 16, 1939 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He learned how to play guitar from his oldest brother when he was six. At age 11, he entered a local television talent contest and was voted top winner for 15 consecutive weeks. Craddock received the nickname "Crash" while a running back for his high school football team. After he left high school, he formed a rockabilly band with one of his brothers called The Four Rebels. His early influences included Little Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price, and Hank Williams.
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