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That's All Right
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Lyrics

Well, now that's all right, mama
That's all right for you
That's all right mama, anyway you do

But, that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Well mama, mama she done told me
Papa told me too
They love you leavin' son now
We'll be there for you

That's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do
Yeah man

Baby one and one is two
Two and two is four
I love that woman but I've to let her go

But, that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Babe now you don't want me, why not tell me so?
You won't be bothered with me
'Round you have no more

But, that's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

That's all right, that's all right
That's all right now mama, anyway you do

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Arthur Crudup

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Jay Viviano

@DeMon Spencer Absolutely. It would seem from my research that time and again in nearly two dozen interviews throughout his career he acknowledged rhythm and blues or gospel very reverently and respectfully as music he knew and loved growing up and as an influence.

And that validates one of the reasons why people like Sam Cooke, James Brown and BB King always spoke so highly of him.

As it relates to this particular video -- even Mr. Crudup himself actually spoke a lot of respect for Elvis. He credited Elvis with doing a unique version of this song "That's Alright Mama" by fusing it the Blues with country & western and gospel sound.

Interestingly enough he also defended Elvis against charges of stealing in 1973 interview.
Was fascinating insight into what was really going on behind the scenes all those years in music business.

"People tell me I should be mad at Elvis. For what? He didn't steal from me".
He went so far as to point out that it's not fair to indict Elvis who... "signed his royalty statement".. "it's not his fault higher-ups in charge of the money at RCA are holding my money. But at the same time give a free pass to Bluesmen like Elmore James and BB, King Ike & Tina Turner, and Elton John... because they all also covered my songs, and I haven't gotten royalties from any of them either".

That hit home hard for me. Obviously none of those other great (just like Elvis) were behind him receiving the treatment he got, and most certainly any one of them had they known at that time would have gladly reached out to help Ole Authur if they knew.

But it just shows us how scrupulous and corrupt the people running the record labels and music executives were at not having a heart or conscience.

Fortunately I've heard and read from numerous legit sources that after his passing his family members started receiving royalties over the years.... including a large lump sum payout at the beginning.

Tragic that Arthur didn't get to enjoy the fruits of that $ benefit himself.


​@Cool Daddy Is it not obvious? How do you not know?

He was marketed out of Los Angeles by RCA as execs bought out Sun Records contract, and by 20th Century Fox who pushed the concept of him as "Mr. Rock and Roll" one year later wit the release of the movie Love Me Tender, November 15, 1956.

His Sun Records output were covers of country and a few electric blues recordings. The genius marketing execs of RCA and 20th Century Fox tried to catch the rock and roll craze by having him record a few songs here and there.

His first recordings were country songs: "My Happiness," "That's When Your Heartaches Begin," "I'll Never Stand in Your Way," "It Wouldn't Be the Same Without You."

His first public release did not even have drummer. That first recording had a country song "Blue Moon of Kentucky" backed with a country version of the electric blues song, That's All Right by Arthur Crudup.

He could not write music and subsequently wrote no rock and roll songs.

His biggest hits were cover songs of already established rock and roll songs (e.g., Hound Dog , Blue Suede Shoes).

Most of his hit songs were pop music (e.g., It's Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Blue Christmas, Viva Las Vegas, Love Me Tender, There Goes My Everything)

Elvis was awarded three Grammys, all for gospel recordings.

The guy was a fat bastard Vegas lounge singer for most of his career.

The guy had sex appeal when he was young. That was his selling point. He was an average singer, maybe slightly above average, but only for a short while.

Within 12 years, he was a flamed out degenerate.

Good luck!

Jay Viviano

@Erik Killmonger  Emily told no lies above. It's 2019. Subjects that can be quickly researched and verified deserve more honest digging.

I get that Elvis, a white guy born and raised in racist Jim Crow South, would easily be presumed to be nothing but a racist Thief in the eyes of many, but sometimes we have to just acknowledge what we've always heard or seems the most believable, just is not the case.

Public Enemies Chuck D himself found out years ago when he got called out by some of the old school R&B, Soul and Blues Brothers from back in that era. They made him sit down with them to realize there's been a lot of lies told to black folks regarding Elvis that some white folks didn't want people to know, and they did little to publicly promote or talked about.

Including the made-up rumors about Elvis using racial slurs in his interviews.
(Never actually happened, yet people to this day still believe it did, just because he was a poor white boy from the south so people naturally just assumed over the years it must be true).

Chuck himself has talked about this in the past.
He learned firsthand from people like James Brown, Ike Turner, Little Richard and BB King that Elvis was legit. He grew up around Gospel music and black folks as neighbors from his early childhood in Tupelo.
He came by it all honest.
(Unlike most the white artists that came after & tried to copy him).

And James Brown and BB King both put it in their own autobiographies that anyone that called "Elvis a thief" didn't know what they were talking about.
They were both involved in the music industry at that time, and we all know they would know what they were talking about. If they defended Elvis name over the years I think that should be enough to make any of us want to slow our role a little bit and start over with it.

They also reminded Chuck that Elvis was actually hated by racist folks. E.P. was Public Enemy Number One as far as the KKK people were concerned back in the day.
Dude took a lot of hate from racist mainstream white America because in all of his interviews, which are documented, he was Unapologetic in his constant Praise of his black influences and defending Rhythm & blues / rock & roll music.
Black leaders in Memphis also have given interviews over the years about how during his lifetime Elvis was always considered a friend to the black community including showing his support to black charity causes and donating money to black organizations over the years.

These are all actual facts. No spin.
Anyone with internet connection nowadays can verify this stuff.

And then there's the stories about him calling out some of his own white folks on their bigotry and also beating up a racist in 1967 right in front of Graceland for harassing his black friend.

A racist doesn't do these things above.

I understand how easily people can be led astray throughout the years when misinformation is put out there, but people need to start recognizing that everything they thought they knew or heard about Elvis as a racist thief was wrong, and start over.
When people learn to respect what the Black artists from Elvis era had to say about Elvis we realize there's a whole lot of white folks from Elvis era to blame, but Elvis was not the one.

I don't know anything about you, I don't have much to go on other than your response to Emily above but I respectfully challenge you to give this subject an honest second look.

Soul Man

@Dirk Diggler - good question I wondered the same myself many years ago but after doing years of research on Arthur Crudup I came across some interesting info from him and other blues artists of that era...
Arthur liked Elvis' version

Arthur himself told interviewer in Los Angeles in 1969 Elvis's version was different. He actually affectionately spoke respect for Elvis's version pointing out that Elvis fused his own musical backgrounds of Gospel, Country & Western, and Blues together making it a different giving it a different feel through the plane and local delivery.
He went on to say "I liked it! EVERYBODY liked it'"

Historically speaking this is true. Blues artist in Memphis area at that time BB King, Roscoe Gordon, Rufus Thomas and many others said when that recording of Elvis's first came out nobody knew anything about Elvis.
No one had even seen what he looked like yet, but black folks, white folks, blues, country didn't matter... everybody flipped over that song and thought it was different than Arthur Crudups version.
Ol Arthur wasn't lying he was telling the truth.

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frank gatley

Saw him in a club in Manchester in the late 60's /early 70's. bought him a drink


Cheers to the paradise !


"The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now, man, for more years than I know. They played it like that in the shanties and juke joints and nobody paid it no mind 'til I goose it up. I got it from them. Down in Tupelo, Mississippi, I used to hear old Arthur Crudup bang his box the way I do now, and I said if I ever got to the place I could feel all old Arthur felt, I'd be a music man like nobody ever saw." ~Elvis Presley

Charlotte Observer, June 26, 1956


@e james You're a delusional paranoid flaming asshole speaking in fluent fartese. Seek psychiatric help before your idol Drumpf cuts it all off, if he hasn't already.


@howlingsandy It's a rumour, and never was Substantiated.

Yeah right, not only did Elvis have black song writers and black musicians play on his records, he even had "negros" in his own band, "The Sweet Inspirations".

Tell me then sir, why would Elvis refuse to go on stage with a Capacity crowd of 48,000 people in Texas, when he was told that he could leave the black girls home ?

Yea rite, Just another tabloid trying to make up rumors and such. This is going to happen when you become the greatest thing ever ...


@e james BULLSHIT - TOTAL LIE. Also Snopes has debunked it. Vet your shit, before your push more sick lies.

Tammy T

@e james There is no evidence that he ever said that and his actions are completely contrary to that way of thinking. You're repeating a liar from racist liars that were trying to fool the fools. Well you've been fooled, fool!


@e james show me where Presley made that statement.

Another BS remark, if I Ever heard one.

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DeMon Spencer

Love Arthur Crudup and his contribution to blues as one of the originators.  Think about how hard daily life was for black people living in the south under Jim Crow.  My mom and dad made sure my sister and I knew what their lives were like back then.  My dad saw my great grandfather hung from a tree when he was a little boy.  Black men couldn't even look at a white person in the eye when passing them on a sidewalk.  Most of the police in the small town he grew up in were members of the KKK and weren't afraid of letting you know.  Out of all of this, blues, rock, jazz, and R&B emerged.  The constant fear and humiliation and threats of violence weren't enough to kill the creativity of pioneers like Arthur Crudup.  This should be something ALL Americans can look at and gain inspiration from.  If artist like Arthur could achieve so much in the face of unbelievable adversity, anything is possible.

Jack Starr

@DeMon Spencer
Maybe so.
But I see you still have offered no proof.

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