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Papa John Creach (born 28th May, 1917)

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 9:46 am
by john poole
Born 100 years ago today, violinist John Henry Creach - 28th May, 1917 (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) [died 22nd February, 1994] wikipedia notes that amongst others he played with Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Charlie Christian, Big Joe Turner, and T-Bone Walker ...

The earliest example of his playing that I could find - with Slim Gaillard in 1946 at Billy Berg’s Club in Hollywood - ‘Caliente’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqHy9iy23nk

His first release, as the leader of the Johnny Creach Trio (not found on YT)
http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/nc522337us

Seen (but maybe not heard) as “man playing violin (uncredited)” with Nat KIng Cole in Fritz Lang’s 1953 film “The Blue Gardenia”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJSp3k4HLr8
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045564/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3

In 1970 he joined Jefferson Airplane (and the offshoot group Hot Tuna) - here seen with the reformed Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and guest Paul Kantner) at the Fillmore in 1988 - ‘Papa John’s Down Home Blues’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6kIJnZu4IU

https://sites.google.com/site/pittsburg ... ohn-creach