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Charles Creath was one of the principal leaders in St. Louis from 1928 onwards. A Missouri man himself, and able to play saxophone and accordian as well as trumpet, he established himself as a brass player first and foremost; it is said that he could and did break up a razor fight in a dance hall with one powerful note!

His sister Marge was a pianist who married drummer Zutty Singleton from Louisiana, and it was Zutty whose powerful drums were part of his brother-in-law’s rhythm section on the third Creath record session. It is interesting to note that the trombonist on this occasion was Sonny Lee, who was a White musician from Frank Trumbauer’s Orchestra at the Arcadia Ballroom in St. Louis, and he fits the general Creath pattern perfectly.

by Brian Rust (from the liner notes of Jazz In Saint Louis 1924 – 1927 on Timeless Records)

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discography

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
Butter-Finger Blues
(Charles Creath)
5-2-1927St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8477
Crazy Quilt
(Andrew Sterling / Paul Van Loan)
5-2-1927St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8477
Everyman That Wears Bell-Bottom Britches Ain’t No Monkeyman
(Floyd Campbell)
3-1925St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8210-A
Grandpa’s Spells
(Jelly Roll Morton)
11-3-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8257
I Woke Up Cold In Hand
Vocal Chorus by Floyd Campbell

(Charles Creath)
3-1925St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8217-A
King Porter Stomp
(Jelly Roll Morton)
3-1925St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8210-B
Market Street Blues
(Charles Creath)
12-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8201
Market Street Stomp
(Charles Creath / Horace Eubanks)
11-3-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8280-A
My Daddy Rocks Me
(With One Steady Roll)

Vocal Chorus by Floyd Campbell

(J.Berni Barbour)
3-1925St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8217-B
Pleasure Mad
(Sidney Bechet)
3-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8201
Way Down Lovers Lane11-3-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8257
Won’t Don’t Blues
Featuring Lonnie Johnson playing Violin and Singing

(Charles Creath)
3-1924St. Louis, MissouriOkeh
8280-B

ArtistInstrument
William (Thornton) BlueClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Floyd CampbellDrums
Charles CreathTrumpet, Leader
Leonard DavisTrumpet
Horace EubanksClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cranston HamiltonPiano
Charlie LawsonTrombone
Sonny LeeTrombone
Sam LongClarinet, Alto Saxophone
Burroughs LovingoodPiano
Pete PattersonBanjo
Williams RollinsTenor Saxophone
Lonnie JohnsonGuitar
Zutty SingletonDrums
Cecil WhiteBass

 

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