I got into playing the jazz. I played jazz for a good while. I did the popular stuff first. You got the "Twelfth Street Rag" and those kinds of things. Then I got to hanging around with a bunch of guys starting to playing jazz. We'd go from one place to the other and take our instruments, just perform for free.

— Papa John Creach

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I was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1917, May the 28th.

So you can figure that out; that's a long ways off. Oh, I've been around a long time.


We had 10 children in our family. We all helped each other - we had to to exist, especially when we were out on the farm.