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“You go on the road, you strap on a bunch of girls. My wife grumbles every now and then but hey, she’s my wife!” – Frank Zappa The true story of Frank Zappa In The 70s Link to original article here

4th December 1993, Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention as well a solo recordings including the 1969 album 'Hot Rats' and 1974 album 'Apostrophe'. Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out' released in 1966, it was also one of […]

Frank Zappa released his 3rd solo album on Oct. 23, 1970. It was titled "Chunga's Revenge". The LP marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) on a Zappa record. Supposedly, the title is based off a small industrial Gypsy vacuum sweeper. A "chunga" was a mutated […]

Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa has 49 candles on his birthday cake today. You will probably be more familiar with him as Dweezil Zappa. Dweezil's registered birth name was Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa. The hospital at which he was born refused to register him under the name Dweezil, so his Dad, Frank Zappa listed […]

On Aug. 7, 1971, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention played a concert at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Los Angeles. The concert was recorded and released in 1972 as the LP “Just Another Band from L.A.” Included on this album is “Billy the Mountain”, Zappa’s long, narrative parody of rock operas, which […]

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention released the live LP “Fillmore East – June 1971” on Aug. 2, 1971. It was the twelfth album in Frank Zappa’s discography. ‘Fillmore East – June 1971’ is a live concept-like album. It portrays a peek-behind-the-curtain of the life of a rock band on the road as narrated […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]


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