Papa John Creach was born on this day in 1917 in Beaver Falls, PA, 26 years before Joe Namath’s birth in the same town.

After a varied early career as a violinist/fiddler, Creach wound up in the San Francisco-based world of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and kept making distinguished contributions until his death in 1994.

Here’s Papa John Creach with Hot Tuna performing “John’s Other.” Pretty amazing, and good wakeup music.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.