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The Mothers of Invention ( Frank Zappa) released their debut LP “Freak Out” on June 27, 1966. Often cited as one of rock music’s first concept albums, the album is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa’s perception of American pop culture and the nascent freak scene of Los Angeles. The album was produced by […]

On June 13, 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, CA. Normally we won’t post about someone’s high school graduation, but it’s such a great picture. Did you know that Frank went to high school with Don Van Vliet? Don is better known as Captain Beefheart. Zappa a high school grad, […]

ZZ Top’s drummer, Frank Beard is celebrating his 69th birthday today. When ZZ Top started, Beard was known by the nickname “Rube” and was credited as “Rube Beard” on the first album and on Tres Hombres, the band’s third album, but is listed under his real name on Rio Grande Mud, their second album. After […]

Frank Sinatra called him “the only true genius in show business”. 14 years ago today we lost the legendary Ray Charles. Ray was only 73 years old when he passed. He is a true American treasure. If Ray could come back for just one song, what song would you hope he played? RIP Ray. Thank […]

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played two shows at New York City’s Fillmore East on June 5 & 6, 1971. The concerts were being recorded for the LP “The Mothers, Fillmore East June 1971. On the night of the 6th, as an encore, John Lennon and Yoko Ono emerged from the wings to […]

2nd June 1966, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’, the singers second UK No.1. The song was originally composed by Avo Uvezian as ‘Broken Guitar’ and later under the title ‘Beddy Bye’ as part of the instrumental score for the movie A Man Could Get Killed. […]

10th May 1969, Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘My Way’ made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart on eight different occasions. Paul Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra, after he told Anka he was quitting the music business. Anka changed […]

14th May 1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the […]

Frank Zappa released (technically for the second time) his debut solo album “Lumpy Gravy” on May 13, 1968. The album was briefly released on August 7, 1967, by Capitol Records in the 4-track Stereo-Pak format only and then withdrawn due to a lawsuit from MGM Records. MGM Records claimed that the album violated Zappa’s contract […]

13th April 1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, (making them the only father and daughter to have a UK No.1 single as a team). The song was written by folk singer C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile […]


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