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‘Crash’ at Tarheel

Published 10:31pm Thursday, June 13, 2013

Billy “Crash” Craddock will be knocking three times at the Tarheel Variety Theater on Saturday night.
Craddock started his career after graduating from high school in Greensboro. He became a teen idol in Australia with hits like “Boom Boom Baby” in the 1950s.
“Back then, it wasn’t country like it is today. It was considered rockabilly,” said theater owner Angie Lewis. “As a matter of fact, I’ve got someone from Australia coming to see him.”
Lewis grew up listening to Craddock sing hits like “Knock Three Times” and “Rub It In.”
“He’s got some great songs,” she said. “I love his music because he is such a great entertainer.”
Cradock said he enjoys seeing his audiences enjoy his music.
“I have a good time when the audience has a good time,” he said.
Craddock earned his nickname playing football in high school. He decided to pursue a music career after watching Elvis Presley’s rise to stardom. He signed with Colonial Records in Durham and watched his own career take flight.
Cradock still lives in Greensboro. He will celebrate his birthday this weekend at the Taraheel. It will be his third appearance on the Tarheel stage.
Lewis said he offered to come since he would be in the area for his grandson’s graduation from East Carolina University.
The Tarheel Variety Theater is located at 485 Carrow Road in Chocowinity. Doors open Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call 975-2117 or go to

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