Billy “Crash” Craddock Set to Bring Fusion of Country and ‘80s Rockabilly to the Triad
High Point, N.C. – Billy “Crash” Craddock has experienced phenomenal worldwide success with nine #1 singles, countless top 10 charted singles, performed at the Grand Ole Opry, and toured to sold-out crowds. Back by popular demand, Billy “Crash” Craddock will return to the High Point Theatre on Saturday evening, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., performing some of his all-time greatest hits – “Knock Three Times,” “Rub It In,” and “Ruby Baby” – to name a few.
Beloved Greensboro native will appear, live in concert, Saturday, April 27, at the High Point Theatre
Influenced at an early age by the music of Little Jimmy Dickens, Lefty Frizzell and Faron Young, and later by none other than Elvis Presley, Craddock has been recording since 1957. His online discography credits this talented performer with an astonishing 19 studio albums, three live albums, 11 compilation albums and 65 singles.
At age 19, William (Billy) Wayne Craddock signed with major recording company, Columbia Records. Billed as Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock, using the nickname carried over from his high school football team, the rocking single ‘Boom Boom Baby’ became a hit in Australia, with the ballad B-side, “Don’t Destroy Me“, inching into the U.S. Top 100. He would tour Australia three times and became one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll stars in the country. Craddock subsequently also recorded for Mercury, King and Chart.
By the mid-60s, with limited commercial success, Craddock had returned to his home town, married, taken a day job and was singing only at weekends. In 1971, he signed for a new Nashville label, Cartwheel, and had a U.S. Top 3 country hit with “Knock Three Times“. He would experience hits with revivals of “Dream Lover“, “You Better Move On“, “Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’’ and “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door“, winning awards including one from Cashbox as The New Find Of 1972. Moving to ABC, Craddock had several more #1 country hits including “Rub It In“ (also number 16 on the USA pop charts), a revival of “Ruby Baby“, and “Broken Down in Tiny Pieces“, which also featured Janie Fricke. He started his country hits for Capitol Records with “I Cheated on a Good Woman’s Love“ in 1978 and continued with “If I Could Write a Song As Beautiful as You“, “My Mama Never Heard Me Sing“, “I Just Had You on My Mind“, “Sea Cruise“ and “Love Busted“.
“I have a good time when the audience has a good time,” said Crash of his performances. “I look out at the faces and they entertain me. I get so much more from them that 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. “Crash” is real, he’s talented, he loves people, and he’s one of the most dynamic entertainers you will ever see perform live on stage!
“We are very excited to present our own local musical legend, Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “With great stage presence, nostalgic country-rock classics, plus a generous helping of passionate, adoring fans’ enthusiasm, makes this one ‘up close and personal’ concert you will not want to miss.” Tickets are $20-$25, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com.
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.