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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ernest 'Big' Crawford, double bass




Ernest Crawford was apparently born on July 31, 1897, and died in March, 1956 (dates not verified).

One of the great originators of the slap-bass sound.

"You're Gonna' Miss me (When I'm Dead and Gone)"

Muddy Waters (vocal, guitar), Leroy Foster (guitar) and Ernest 'Big' Crawford (bass) - recorded in Chicago, November 30th, 1948.

I recently bought a copy of Aristocrat 1307 (an old 78 rpm record). The blueprint for the rockabilly blues trio and the early Sun sound? Superb!



A framed copy

Ernest 'Big' Crawford also plays bass on the extraordinary "Louisiana Blues" ( Chess 1441, recorded 23 October, 1950).

Muddy Jumps One

I Can't Be Satisfied

Evans Shuffle











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