Bob ‘Wolfman’ Crider
Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:14 pm
The Messenger, May 8, 2012
Wolfman has left the building.
Robert Holt “Bob” “Wolfman” Crider, 67, went to play in rock and roll heaven May 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. from his home in Milburn, Ky., with his family and loved ones by his side. He was the brother of David Crider of Union City.
The family will receive friends and visitors 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Milner and Orr Funeral Home in Arlington Ky. A private burial has been requested by the family.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Elizabeth Crider Scholarship Fund at Citizen Deposit Bank, P.O. Box 10, Arlington, KY 42021.
He was born Nov. 21, 1944, the third child of Elizabeth and Tony Crider. He developed a love of music at an early age, playing a toy guitar while performing for family members. He started his professional career at age 16 when he formed his first band. Over the next five decades, he played throughout western Kentucky, West Tennessee, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri at clubs, proms, dances and concerts. His musical career was interrupted only by his four years of military service. Upon returning from his tour of duty, he grew a beard and let his hair grow long. It was this look that earned him the moniker of “Wolfman” and he incorporated the look into his band, forming Wolfman and the Pack. His greatest success occurred in the 1970s when he wrote and performed a song called “Sugar Candy” that hit the Billboard Top 100. He also fronted groups such as Kenny Rogers, Black Oak Arkansas and Canned Heat.
Wolfman is also survived by his loving daughter and the joy of his life, Elizabeth Marie Crider; three sisters, Pat Musto of Lowell, Mass., Betty Pickard and her husband, Russell, of Arlington, Ky., and Laura Gilkey and her husband, Mike, of Louisville, Ky.; three other brothers, John Crider and his wife, Phyllis, of Indian Trail, N.C., Charlie Crider of Milburn, Ky., and Mike Crider of Paducah, Ky.; his stepdaughter, Deirdre Wright; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins, in addition to numerous fans who supported his musical career over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rickey (Finney) Crider; his loving partner and the mother of his daughter, Carman Crow Wright; his brother-in-law, Paul Musto; his sister-in-law, Janis (Clark) Crider; and his nephew, Adam Pickard.
We pray he is entertaining them now with his childhood friend and original band mate, Jackie Vaughn, on lead guitar.