This is of course rightly hailed as a deep soul masterpiece. Crawford takes his time to set the scene for his tale of woe over a solo piano, then in his rather Otis Redding flavoured way delivers an emotion filled vocal over a sympathetic backdrop provided by the Shreveport, LA., Sound City regulars led by drummer James Stroud . Southern soul in the classic 6/8 tempo, delivered in the grand manner. This cut should have been just the first of many such singles – but sadly this was not to be. Crawford, who now lives in Dallas and still does a little night-club work every once in a while, only has this 45 to his name.
Although label owner Dee Marais also recorded Eddy Giles, a much more celebrated vocalist, this disc is the best 45 he ever released. The flip is much better than it’s title being a funky blues of no little merit.
A sad sad song / Fat 'n funky ~ HY SIGN 2114
UPDATE ~ Pete Ritchey reminds me that "A Sad Sad Song" an be found on the Ace UK CD "The Murco Story". Thanks Pete.