Papa John Creach

Papa John Creach - violin

Papa John Creach was arguably the best known blues violinist of his century, largely because of his association, not with a blues band, but with psychedelic rockers Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

Born in Beaver Falls, PA, the 18-year-old John Creach began playing violin in Chicago bars when the family moved there in 1935, and eventually joined a local cabaret band, the Chocolate Music Bars. Moving to L.A. in 1945, he played in the Chi Chi Club, spent time working on an ocean liner, appeared in “a couple of pictures”, and performed as a duo with Nina Russell.

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