Most Wanted! Papa John Creach & The Midnight Sun – Joyce (Buddah Records)
A long time session musician, John Henry Creach released his first three albums on Gunt betwwen 1971 and 1974. He then moved to Buddah Records, delivering the ‘I’m The Fiddle Man’ album the year after.
Among its definitive highlights, the unmissable ‘Joyce’ which would be the first ever 12″ single for the label. A boiling instrumental Disco/Jazz joint with an undeniable cinematic feel produced by Eddie Martinez, and mixed by the great Tom Moulton.
Born in Beaver Falls, PA, Papa John Creach started learning violin at an early age, playing in bars in Chicago in his early 20’s and eventually doing some symphonic work, which was quite of an exception for a Black artist back then.
He would soon after collaborate with luminaries such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Big Joe Turner, Nat King Cole and T-Bone Walker to name but a few. Not to mention Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship years after.
Creach sadly died from pneumonia on Feb. 22, 1994, aged 76, five weeks after he had a heart attack during the Northridge earthquake.