Larry Crane (guitarist)

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This article is about Larry Crane the guitarist. For Larry Crane the recording engineer, see Larry Crane (recording engineer).

Larry Crane (born October 8, 1956) is an American rock musician and songwriter from Seymour, Indiana.  From 1976 until 1991, he appeared alongside John Mellencamp as guitarist and contributor to the arrangements and production of the Mellencamp sound (often labelled as "heartland rock.")[1]


As Mellencamp's guitarist, Crane contributed to twenty Billboard charted singles, including Ain't Even Done With The Night, Hurts So Good, Jack and Diane, Hand to Hold on To, I Need a Lover, Crumblin' Down, Pink Houses, Rain on the Scarecrow, Small Town, Lonely Ol' Night, Rumbleseat, R.O.C.K in the U.S.A., Paper in Fire, Check It Out, Cherry Bomb, Martha Say, Jackie Brown, and Pop Singer.[citation needed] Though not often recognized as a songwriter, Crane did receive a co-writer credit for Play Guitar on the Uh-Huh album.

After the release of Big Daddy, Larry Crane left the Mellencamp band due to his impression that "he and his band mates were underpaid."[2]  Since leaving the band, Crane has launched a solo career.  During his thirty-plus year career, he has also toured and recorded with several influential musicians, including John Prine, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Carl Perkins, James McMurtry, Mitch Ryder, Lou Reed, and John Fogerty.  He has also collaborated with legendary producer Bob Johnston.


Solo recordings[edit]

Year Title
1993 Eye for An Eye
1994 Larry Crane
2003 Wire & Wood
2010 Tropical Depression

Recordings with John Mellencamp[edit]

Year Title Credits
1976 Chestnut Street Incident Lead guitar, back up vocals
(released in 1983)
The Kid Inside Lead guitar, back up vocals
1978 A Biography Guitars, background vocals
1979 John Cougar Guitars, background vocals
1980 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did Guitars, backing vocals
1982 American Fool Guitar
1983 Uh-Huh Guitar
1985 Scarecrow Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
1987 The Lonesome Jubilee Guitars, mandolin, harmonica, autoharp, banjo, backing vocals
1989 Big Daddy Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin

Other recordings[edit]

Year Artist Titles Credits
1983 Mitch Ryder Never Kick a Sleeping Dog Vocals, Guitars[3]
1985 Rosanne Cash Rhythm & Romance Guitars[4]
1987 Rosanne Cash King's Record Shop Guitars
1988 Various Artists Folkways: A Vision Shared Guitar[5]
1989 James McMurtry Too Long in the Wasteland Vocals (background), Guitars[6]
1991 Various Artists Falling from Grace Composer, Vocals, Performer, Producer, Guitars
1995 Rosanne Cash Retrospective Guitars
1996 Carl Perkins Go Cat Go Guitar[7]
1996 Dave Sharp Downtown America Arrangements, Guitars
1997 John Prine Live on Tour Vocals (background), Guitars
2002 Keith Sykes Don't Count Us Out Additional Guitars[8]


  • Strange Holiday (AKA Boys of Lost Island), 1970
  • Midnite Spares, 1983
  • Falling from Grace, 1992


  1. ^ Crane, Larry. "Biography". 
  2. ^ Lindquist, David. "Will ‘classic’ Mellencamp band lineup reunite?". Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Never Kick a Sleeping Dog". msn Entertainment - Music. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Thom Jurek. "Rhythm & Romance - Rosanne Cash". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Jason Elias. "I'm in Love Again - Patti LaBelle". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Too Long in the Wasteland". James McMurtry 1989. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Carl Perkins/Various Artists: Go Cat Go!". Dinosaur Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Biography". Keith Sykes - Official Web Site. Keith Sykes. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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