Photographer Bill Crump is often confused with a reed player of the same name, not something one wants unless the desired goal is total obscurity. The saxophonist Bill Crump is player number 38 in the famous photo entitled "A Great Day in Harlem," but from there his reputation diminishes to simply being the one player in the photo that nobody knows anything about. Much more of a loaf of bread of information is in the larder regarding the photographer Crump, based out of Dallas, TX, for most of his career. However this artist's main passion seems to be taking photos of airplanes and their pilots, with blues bands a distant second. A majority of his photo credits on albums involve shots done for the house-rocking bandleader Anson Funderburgh.
Born in Fort Worth, Crump had less than five hours of formal training as a photographer. He provided pictures for a live Black Oak Arkansas album in the early '70s, perhaps something of a test of a photographer's mettle since many lensmen might collapse out of disgust the first time they focus in on that band's horrifying lead singer, Jim Dandy. The sight of this slimy, sometimes close to naked lead singer did nothing to distract Crump from his fascination with airplanes. This began at the age of four with a plane ride provided by a next door neighbor who just happened to be Oran W. Nick, the man who became head of NASA's unmanned spacecraft expeditions. He began photographing planes for the Air Force in 1972.