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Frances Margaret Creech, Musician



Frances Creech
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Frances Creech was born in Bellwood, Nebraska, in 1912. In the late 1940s she became a member of an all woman band headlined by Ruth Colman. Performing under a variety of names, Ruth Colman's All Girl Orchestra, the Sweethearts of Swing, and Ruth Colman's Polka Queens, the band barnstormed its way across the country. Creech was co-owner of the band, played piano, and was the group's business manager. After the band's breakup Creech taught piano in Lincoln. She died in 1999.

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Frances's six scrapbooks document the travel and performances of Ruth Coleman's band from 1945 through 1947. Primarily filled with photographs of the members of the band on the road, they also include publicity materials and souvenirs of the places where they stayed, ate, and played.



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