An American country music singer who gained popularity in the 1970s with a string of country music hits.
He began his career in the 1950s, recording rockabilly and pop tunes, being marketed as a teen idol by his label Columbia records. He appeared twice on American Bandstand but failed to have a hit in the states.
Known to many as "Crash Craddock" who toured Australia on wave
of a hit song "Boom Boom Baby" and "Donít You Know" and a good
version of "One Last Kiss".
Nick named "Mr. Country Rock".
Now known to most as Billy "Crash" Craddock he crossed over
successfully to country music in the later years and has never looked back.
One of the most loved teen idols of the early sixties in Australia.
In mid 1960, "Boom Boom Baby" hit the top of the Sydney Top 40 charts, and stayed there for 11 weeks. His next hit, "Well, Don't You Know", also hit the top for about 7 weeks.
Crash was invited to Australia to sing with Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, Santo & Johnny and Johnny Restivo in an "All Twist Show" promoted by Lee Gordon at the Sydney Stadium.
He appeared in Adelaide at Centennial Hall where most international
acts performed such as The Beatles etc.
After several years out of the music business, he returned to recording, now as a country singer.
Signed with Cartwheel Records, his first #1 hit was 1971's "Knock Three Times," a cover of the Tony Orlando and Dawn pop hit.