The Rest of the Story
After Arthur Crudup passed away, his heirs placed a lien on the owners of the Crudup musical copyrights Hill & Range publishing company. When Hill and Range began negotiations to sell their catalogue to Chappell Music, Chappell refused to move forward with the deal until the back royalty payments dispute was resolved. Hill & Range quickly contacted Dick Waterman and the Crudup Estate as Hill and Range now had the motivation to settle. According to Waterman, the very first check was signed over to the Estate for just over $248,000.00, over four times what they been unwilling to pay just a few years earlier.
Waterman estimates that the Crudup estate has received over three million dollars in royalties over the last several decades. Waterman said that he regrets that Arthur never got to see a penny of it, the catalogue is still incredibly valuable. Artists in many genres continue to record Crudup’s songs with success and film makers wanting to cover the story of Elvis Presley are hard-pressed to make the story without including Elvis’ version of Crudup’s “That’s All Right”.
Final Resting Place:
Bethel Memorial Gardens
6521 Short Street
Franktown, Virginia, 23354
Grave Location:Section K
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery, park your car at the sign at the entrance. Walk 11 rows from the road and 21 spaces from the dirt path and there you will find blues legend Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.
Grave Location GPS37.48531871, -75.8788756
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Read More About Arthur Crudup:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Kansas City Blues Society - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
- Effort Underway to Remember Local Music Legend Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
- Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup historical marker in Mississippi
- How Arthur Crudup's Estate finally collected over $3.0 million in royalty payments
- Audiophile Man - Arthur Crudup