Now there was a song: Billy “Crash” Craddock

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Billy “Crash” Craddock/photo submitted

By Doug Davis

This week in 1975: The United States filed an antitrust suit to break up AT&T; Washington investigators report that Watergate tapes revealed President Nixon asking aides to help protect him; New York City Mayor Beame revealed plan to freeze hiring and cutting over 1500 city jobs to save one hundred million dollars; and a singer from Greensboro, North Carolina had his 12th hit record.

According to Billy “Crash” Craddock, recording his 1975 number one “Ruby, Ruby,” just seemed the natural thing to do!

He commented, “We used to ride around with some friends of ours and we’d always take a guitar along. And we’d always wind up at a drive-in, eating hamburgers, fries and drinking Cokes and we’d always sing that song. And people would gather round when we started singing and they would applaud when we finished. So I thought if people liked that song that much, maybe I should record it. And so I did.”

The song had been a number two pop hit for Dion in 1963 and was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Craddock’s countrified version of the song came on the country charts November 9th, 1974 and made it to number one the week of January 11th, 1975. It was his 12th charted song and was on the charts for 14 weeks. His ABC single was produced by Ron Chancy.

Billy “Crash” Craddock placed 41 songs on the country music charts between 1971 and 1989 – including three number ones.

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