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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’

His first release, as the leader of the Johnny Creach Trio (not found on YT)

Seen (but maybe not heard) as “man playing violin (uncredited)” with Nat KIng Cole in Fritz Lang’s 1953 film “The Blue Gardenia”

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’ ... ohn-creach