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Great American Talent
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Hendersonville TN


Billy"Crash" Craddock

Billy "Crash" Craddock was born the youngest of 13 children in Greensboro, NC. A good portion of his childhood was spent surrounded by music and love of his family. His father, typical of musicians of his day and time, played harmonica, spoons, wash board and buck danced. His mother and older brothers and sisters regularly sang old gospel standards and folk tunes, harmonizing beautifully amongst themselves.

Craddock remembers listening to Little Jimmy Dickens, Lefty Frizzell and Faron Young on the radio, singing as they sang, knowing he'd only have to hear a song once or twice before he knew the lyrics and melody by heart. His family was very supportive of Craddock's talents; one brother even paid Craddock a nickel for every song he could sing and not miss a word. But it wasn't until Elvis Presley stormed  into the entertainment field, that Billy Craddock thought he, too, might be able to combine his love for music and his need for earning a living.


By this time the high school football field had given "Crash" Craddock his unusual nick name; one that would stick on and off the playing field for the rest of his life. Craddock got his first recording contract with Colonial Records in Durham, NC shortly after high school and he was on his way.  It wasn't too long until Craddock signed with Cartwheel Records and released the fateful record, "Knock Three Times." That song was to become the first of 9 number one singles for Craddock and literally paved the way for his phenomenal worldwide success. Other number ones include "Rub It In," "Ruby Baby," "Broken Down In Tiny Pieces," "Easy As Pie," "Sweet Magnolia Blossom," "Ain't Nothin' Shakin'," "Still Thinkin' 'Bout You" and "Dream Lover." Additionally, there have been countless top ten charted singles. 


"Craddock has achieved every one of his career goals. He has sung on the Grand Ole' Opry, has donated memorabilia  to  the Country Music Hall of Fame, has toured to sell out crowds around the world on numerous occasions, and is able to superbly entertain audiences time and time again.  "I have a good time when the audience has a good time," said Craddock of his performances, "I look out at the races and they entertain me. I get so much more from them than I give. The audience makes my show, not me". He added that he truly likes meeting people and,  over the years, his fans have become as close to him as members of his family.