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.")
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. 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." Since leaving the band, Crane has launched a solo career. During his thirty-plus year career, he has also toured and recorded with several other 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.
|1993||Eye for An Eye|
|2003||Wire & Wood|
Recordings with John Mellencamp
|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|
|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|
|1983||Mitch Ryder||Never Kick a Sleeping Dog||Vocals, Guitars|
|1985||Rosanne Cash||Rhythm & Romance||Guitars|
|1987||Rosanne Cash||King's Record Shop||Guitars|
|1988||Various Artists||Folkways: A Vision Shared||Guitar|
|1989||James McMurtry||Too Long in the Wasteland||Vocals (background), Guitars|
|1991||Various Artists||Falling from Grace||Composer, Vocals, Performer, Producer, Guitars|
|1996||Carl Perkins||Go Cat Go||Guitar|
|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|
- 'Time to pay (film)
- Falling from Grace, 1992
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- Lindquist, David. "Will 'classic' Mellencamp band lineup reunite?". IndyStar.com. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
- "Never Kick a Sleeping Dog". msn Entertainment - Music. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- Thom Jurek. "Rhythm & Romance - Rosanne Cash". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- Jason Elias. "I'm in Love Again - Patti LaBelle". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "Too Long in the Wasteland". James McMurtry 1989. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "Carl Perkins/Various Artists: Go Cat Go!". Dinosaur Entertainment. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "Biography". Keith Sykes - Official Web Site. Keith Sykes. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012.