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Frank Zappa

  • Dec 21, 1940 - Dec 04, 1993 (age 52)
  • 6' 0" (1.83 m)
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2016
SongJul 15, 2016

Cosmik Debris
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Best Classical Compendium
Nomination2016

Best Classical Compendium

Nominated for "200 Motels".
Grammy Award
2015
Roxy the Movie
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MovieOct 30, 2015

Roxy the Movie

A concert movie showing a performance by the much …
A concert movie showing a performance by the much-loved 1973 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention. An incredible cast of musicians treat us to a selection of blistering, pointillist jazz rock, hilariously funny asides and lyrics, audience participation and freaky behaviour. Featuring Frank Zappa (guitar, vocals, mysterious hand signals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (lead vocals, saxophone, flute), George Duke (keyboards, vocals), Ruth Underwood (pyrotechnic displays of percussion mastery), Bruce Fowler (Trombone), Walt Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums) and Ralph Humphrey (drums).
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2014
SongOct 20, 2014

Willie the Pimp
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2013
SongNov 25, 2013

Inca Roads
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A Token of His Extreme
MovieJun 4, 2013

A Token of His Extreme

A Token of His Extreme released.
2012
SongDec 18, 2012

Dinah-Moe Humm
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2006
I Love the '70s: Volume 2
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TV ShowJul 10, 2006

I Love the '70s: Volume 2

I Love the '70s: Volume 2 is …
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 is a television mini-series in the I Love the... series presented by VH1. The sequel to I Love the '70s, it originally aired on VH1 from July 10, 2006 to July 14, 2006.
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1996
Läther
AlbumSep 24, 1996

Läther

''Läther'' (/lɛðɜːr/, or "Leather") is the sixty-fifth official album …
''Läther'' (/lɛðɜːr/, or "Leather") is the sixty-fifth official album by Frank Zappa, released posthumously as a triple album on Rykodisc in 1996.
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Award1996

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Won Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nomination1996

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominated for Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1995
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Nomination1995

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Pa…

Nominated for "Civilization Phaze III".
Grammy Award
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Award1995

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Pa…

Won award for "Civilization Phaze III".
Grammy Award
1994
Civilization Phaze III
AlbumOct 31, 1994

Civilization Phaze III

Civilization Phaze III is the …
Civilization Phaze III is the sixty-third album by Frank Zappa, released posthumously as a double album on October 31, 1994. It was the first studio album of new material from Zappa since 1986's Jazz from Hell. The album marks the third part of a conceptual continuity that started with We're Only in It for the Money (1968), with the second part being a re-edited version of Zappa's 1967 album Lumpy Gravy. Zappa described the album as a "two-act opera", but in lieu of traditional recitatives and arias, it alternates brief spoken word passages with musical numbers created on a Synclavier using a combination of sampled and synthesized sounds. Much of the sampled material in the second half of the album was originally recorded by Ensemble Modern and other musicians to Zappa's specifications.
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1993
Frank Zappa
PersonalDecember 1993

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa passed away.
The Yellow Shark
AlbumNov 2, 1993

The Yellow Shark

The Yellow Shark is an album of orchestral music by …
The Yellow Shark is an album of orchestral music by American musician Frank Zappa. Released in November 1993, it was the last Zappa album to appear in his lifetime, almost exactly a month before he died of the cancer from which he had suffered for several years. It features live recordings from the Ensemble Modern's 1992 performances of Zappa's compositions. In the album's notes, Zappa describes The Yellow Shark as one of the most fulfilling projects of his career, and as the best representation of his orchestral works.
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Ahead of Their Time
AlbumMar 23, 1993

Ahead of Their Time

Ahead of Their Time is a live album by The Mothers of Invention. …
Ahead of Their Time is a live album by The Mothers of Invention. It was recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England, on October 25, 1968, and released in 1993 on CD by Barking Pumpkin. It was subsequently reissued on Rykodisc in 1995.
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1992
Playground Psychotics
AlbumOct 27, 1992

Playground Psychotics

Playground Psychotics is a …
Playground Psychotics is a two-CD live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. It was originally released in 1992 through his mail order label, Barking Pumpkin, and was re-released in 1995 through Rykodisc. The album features recordings of Zappa and his band, the Mothers of Invention, around the time of the film 200 Motels. The live material on Playground Psychotics is interspersed with excerpts from taped conversations among band members whilst on tour, and the release includes three conceptual sections: A Typical Day on the Road, Part 1, a collage of dialogue which opens the first disc; A Typical Day on the Road, Part 2, which opens the second disc and The True Story of 200 Motels, which appears at the end of disc two. The album also includes a live session with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, an alternate mix of which appears on Lennon's Some Time in New York City (1972).
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Does Humor Belong in Music?
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MovieSep 10, 1992

Does Humor Belong in Music?

Frank Zappa and his band in …
Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.
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1991
The Ren & Stimpy Show
TV ShowAug 11, 1991

The Ren & Stimpy Show

Tom King is an American …
Tom King is an American author, comic book writer, and ex-CIA officer. He is best known for writing The Vision for Marvel Comics, and The Sheriff of Babylon for the DC Comics imprint Vertigo, his 2012 superhero novel A Once Crowded Sky, Mister Miracle for DC Comics, and the "Rebirth"-era Batman for DC Comics.
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Make a Jazz Noise Here
AlbumJun 4, 1991

Make a Jazz Noise Here

Make a Jazz Noise Here is a …
Make a Jazz Noise Here is a live double album by Frank Zappa. It was first released in June 1991, and was the third Zappa album to be compiled from recordings from his 1988 world tour, following Broadway the Hard Way (1988) and The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (1991). The album's cover art was made by Larry Grossman.
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The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life
AlbumApr 16, 1991

The Best Band You Never Heard in You…

The Best Band You Never …
The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life is a double-disc live album by American musician Frank Zappa, released in 1991. The album was one of three to be recorded during the 1988 world tour, along with Broadway the Hard Way and Make a Jazz Noise Here. Each of these three accounts of the 1988 tour has a different emphasis: Broadway the Hard Way mainly consists of new compositions; Make a Jazz Noise Here is a sampler of classic Zappa tunes, most of them instrumental; and The Best Band... devotes itself to covers. Some of these are unlikely (such as "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin), while many are from Zappa's extensive back catalogue. His mid-1970s output is emphasized in the selection, but there is also some material from the Mothers of Invention's late 1960s recordings and one song ("Lonesome Cowboy Burt") from 200 Motels. It was re-issued in 1995 and 2012 along with his entire catalogue.
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1989
Nomination1989

Best Musical Theater Album

Nominated for "Broadway the Hard Way".
Grammy Award
1988
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1
AlbumMay 16, 1988

You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, V…

You Can't Do That on Stage …
You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 is a double disc live album by Frank Zappa. It was released in 1988 (see 1988 in music) under the label Rykodisc. It was the beginning of a six-volume, 12-CD set Zappa assembled of live performances throughout his career.
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Guitar
AlbumApr 26, 1988

Guitar

Guitar is a 1988 live album by Frank Zappa. It is the follow …
Guitar is a 1988 live album by Frank Zappa. It is the follow-up to 1981's Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar; like that album it features Zappa's guitar solos excerpted from live performances, recorded between 1979 and 1984. It garnered Zappa his sixth Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance".
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Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Nomination1988

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Guitar".
Grammy Award
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Nomination1988

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Guitar".
Grammy Award
1987
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Award1987

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Won award for "Jazz From Hell".
Grammy Award
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Nomination1987

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Jazz From Hell".
Grammy Award
1986
Jazz From Hell
AlbumNov 15, 1986

Jazz From Hell

Jazz from Hell is an instrumental album whose selections …
Jazz from Hell is an instrumental album whose selections were all composed and recorded by American musician Frank Zappa. It was released on November 15, 1986 by Barking Pumpkin Records on vinyl and cassette, and in 1987 by Rykodisc on CD.
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Does Humor Belong in Music?
AlbumJan 27, 1986

Does Humor Belong in Music?

Does Humor Belong in …
Does Humor Belong in Music? is a live album by Frank Zappa.
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1985
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention
AlbumNov 21, 1985

Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Preve…

Frank Zappa Meets the …
Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention is a 1985 album by Frank Zappa. The album was originally released in two slightly different versions in the US and Europe. The album's title is a reference to the lobby group, the PMRC, who were campaigning to require record companies to put warning stickers on albums they considered offensive, and to Zappa's former band, the Mothers of Invention.
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1984
Thing‐Fish
AlbumDec 21, 1984

Thing‐Fish

Thing-Fish is an album by Frank Zappa, originally released as …
Thing-Fish is an album by Frank Zappa, originally released as a triple album box set on Barking Pumpkin Records in 1984. It was billed as a cast recording for a proposed musical of the same name, which was ultimately not produced by Zappa, but later performed in 2003, ten years after his death.
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Them or Us
AlbumOct 18, 1984

Them or Us

Them or Us is an album by American musician Frank …
Them or Us is an album by American musician Frank Zappa, released in October 1984 by Barking Pumpkin Records.
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The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
MovieSep 17, 1984

The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out Abo…

Overcoming fear is a …
Overcoming fear is a problem for most people, but there once was a boy whose problem was his complete lack of fear! Peter MacNicol stars as that boy in this amusing production narrated by Vincent Price. The king played by Christopher Lee promises the boy treasure and a beautiful princess if he can defeat an evil sorcerer who has haunted the kings castle. The boy meets an ominous mute hunchback, a headless man and ghosts galore and finally the sorcerer himself (in a duel to the death fight). Yet, he still has no fear, until the surprise conclusion.
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Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
AlbumAug 23, 1984

Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Str…

The Perfect Stranger is a …
The Perfect Stranger is a 1984 album featuring the music of Frank Zappa, conducted in part by Pierre Boulez. It was originally issued on vinyl in 1984 and on CD in 1985 by Angel, and then in remixed and resequenced form on CD by Barking Pumpkin in 1991. Later reissues (of the same master) were by Rykodisc in 1995 and Zappa/Universal in 2012.
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1983
London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1
AlbumJun 9, 1983

London Symphony Orchestra, Volume 1

London Symphony Orchestra …
London Symphony Orchestra is an album series by Frank Zappa, released in two parts as London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. I in 1983 and London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. II, in 1987. They were recorded at the same sessions, in January 1983. The two albums were later combined, and re-released on a Rykodisc CD as London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II (1995).
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Baby Snakes
AlbumMar 28, 1983

Baby Snakes

Baby Snakes is the soundtrack to Frank Zappa's film of the …
Baby Snakes is the soundtrack to Frank Zappa's film of the same name. It features several of the songs from the film and was originally released as a picture disc.
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SongJan 1, 1983

Cocaine Decisions
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The Man From Utopia
AlbumJan 1, 1983

The Man From Utopia

The Man from Utopia is an album by American musician Frank …
The Man from Utopia is an album by American musician Frank Zappa, released in March 1983 by Barking Pumpkin Records. The album is named after a 1950s song, written by Donald and Doris Woods, which Zappa covers as part of "The Man from Utopia Meets Mary Lou".
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1982
Faerie Tale Theatre
TV ShowSep 11, 1982

Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre is a multi-award winning live-action …
Faerie Tale Theatre is a multi-award winning live-action children's television anthology series retelling popular fairy tales. Shelley Duvall serves as narrator, host and executive producer of the program, and occasionally stars in episodes. The series was followed by another, albeit less successful shorter series called Tall Tales & Legends which followed the same format as Faerie Tale Theatre and focused on classic American folk tales. Both series feature well known actors and directors, and were inspired by the children's television series Shirley Temple's Storybook. Faerie Tale Theatre originally aired on Showtime from 1982 to 1987, winning a Peabody Award. It later aired as edited re-runs on the Disney Channel as well as in syndication on various television stations, including PBS and BookTelevision.
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Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
AlbumMay 3, 1982

Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowni…

Ship Arriving Too Late to …
Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch is an album by Frank Zappa, released in May 1982 and digitally remastered in 1991. It features five tracks composed by Zappa, and one song, "Valley Girl", co-written with Moon Unit Zappa, his daughter, who provided the spoken monologue mocking some of the Valley girls at her school including phrases like "Gag me with a spoon!".
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Late Night with David Letterman
TV ShowFeb 1, 1982

Late Night with David Letterman

Late Night with David …
Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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Nomination1982

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Gro…

Nominated for "Valley Girl".
Grammy Award
Nomination1982

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Gro…

Nominated for "Valley Girl".
Grammy Award
1981
You Are What You Is
AlbumSep 23, 1981

You Are What You Is

You Are What You Is is a double album by American musician …
You Are What You Is is a double album by American musician Frank Zappa. It was originally released as a double album in 1981 and later by Rykodisc as a 20-song CD.
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Tinsel Town Rebellion
AlbumMay 17, 1981

Tinsel Town Rebellion

Tinsel Town Rebellion is a …
Tinsel Town Rebellion is a double live album released by Frank Zappa in May 1981. The album was conceived by Zappa after he scrapped the planned albums Warts and All and Crush All Boxes, and contains tracks that were intended for those albums.
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Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
AlbumJan 1, 1981

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, a …
Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, a project consisting of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More and Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar, is a series of albums by Frank Zappa. Released separately in May 1981 on Barking Pumpkin Records, it was subsequently reissued as a triple album box set in 1982. As the title implies, the album consists solely of instrumentals and improvised solos, largely performed on electric guitar. The album series was conceived after Zappa shelved a proposed live album, Warts and All, and two tracks intended for that album appear on this series. The individual Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar albums and box set have been well received by critics, and Zappa subsequently produced two more albums focusing solely on guitar-oriented music: Guitar and Trance-Fusion.
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1979
Baby Snakes
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MovieDec 21, 1979

Baby Snakes

Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. …
Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.
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Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3
AlbumSep 17, 1979

Joe's Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3

Joe's Garage is a three-part …
Joe's Garage is a three-part rock opera recorded by American musician Frank Zappa in September and November 1979. Originally released as two separate studio albums (a single album and a double album) on Zappa Records, the project was later remastered and reissued as a triple album box set, Joe's Garage, Acts I, II & III, in 1987. The LPs initially received mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising its innovative and original music, but criticizing the scatological, sexual and profane nature of the lyrics. Since its original release, Joe's Garage has been reappraised in a better light by some critics.
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Diva Zappa
ChildJuly 1979

Diva Zappa

Diva Muffin Zappa (born July 30, 1979) is an American artist, …
Diva Muffin Zappa (born July 30, 1979) is an American artist, also known for several acting roles in film and television, as well as recording a one-off comedy single. She is the youngest child of musician Frank Zappa.
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Sheik Yerbouti
AlbumMar 3, 1979

Sheik Yerbouti

Sheik Yerbouti is a double album by Frank Zappa, first …
Sheik Yerbouti is a double album by Frank Zappa, first released in March 1979 as the first release on Zappa Records (distributed by Phonogram Inc.). It is mostly made up of live material recorded in 1977 and 1978.
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Sleep Dirt
AlbumJan 19, 1979

Sleep Dirt

Sleep Dirt is an album by Frank Zappa released in January …
Sleep Dirt is an album by Frank Zappa released in January 1979, on his own DiscReet Records label. It reached #175 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States.
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Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Nomination1979

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Sheik Yerbouti".
Grammy Award
Nomination1979

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Nominated for "Rat Tomago".
Grammy Award
Nomination1979

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Nominated for "Dancin' Fool".
Grammy Award
Nomination1979

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Nominated for "Dancin' Fool".
Grammy Award
1978
Studio Tan
AlbumSep 15, 1978

Studio Tan

Studio Tan is the 24th album by American musician Frank …
Studio Tan is the 24th album by American musician Frank Zappa, first released in September 1978 on his own DiscReet Records label. It reached #147 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States.
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1976
Zoot Allures
AlbumOct 20, 1976

Zoot Allures

Zoot Allures is a rock album by Frank Zappa, released in …
Zoot Allures is a rock album by Frank Zappa, released in October 1976. This was Zappa's only release on the Warner Bros. Records label. Due to a lawsuit with his former manager, Herb Cohen, Frank Zappa's recording contract was temporarily reassigned from DiscReet Records to Warner Bros.
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1975
Bongo Fury
AlbumOct 2, 1975

Bongo Fury

Bongo Fury is a collaborative album by American artists …
Bongo Fury is a collaborative album by American artists Frank Zappa and the Mothers, with Captain Beefheart, released in October 1975. The live portions were recorded on May 20 and 21, 1975, at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Tracks 5, 6 and 9 (intro only) are studio tracks recorded in January 1975 (during the sessions which produced One Size Fits All (1975) and much of Studio Tan (1978).
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One Size Fits All
AlbumJun 25, 1975

One Size Fits All

One Size Fits All is a rock album by Frank Zappa and the …
One Size Fits All is a rock album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in June 1975. It is the tenth and last studio album of the band. A special four-channel quadraphonic version of the album was advertised but not released.
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1974
Roxy & Elsewhere
AlbumSep 10, 1974

Roxy & Elsewhere

Roxy & Elsewhere is a double live album by Frank Zappa and …
Roxy & Elsewhere is a double live album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers, released in September 1974. Most of the songs were recorded on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973 at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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Ahmet Zappa
ChildMay 1974

Ahmet Zappa

Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa (born May 15, 1974) is an …
Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa (born May 15, 1974) is an American writer, producer, and publisher.
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SongApr 22, 1974

Apostrophe'
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Apostrophe (')
AlbumMar 22, 1974

Apostrophe (')

Apostrophe (’) is the eighteenth album by Frank Zappa, …
Apostrophe (’) is the eighteenth album by Frank Zappa, released in March 1974 in both stereo and quadraphonic formats. An edited version of its lead-off track, "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", was the first of Zappa's three Billboard Top 100 hits, ultimately peaking at number 86.
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1973
Over-Nite Sensation
AlbumSep 7, 1973

Over-Nite Sensation

Over-Nite Sensation is a studio album by Frank Zappa and …
Over-Nite Sensation is a studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, released in September 1973. It was followed by Zappa's solo album Apostrophe (') (1974), which was recorded during the same sessions.
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1972
The Grand Wazoo
AlbumNov 1, 1972

The Grand Wazoo

The Grand Wazoo is a Jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa and …
The Grand Wazoo is a Jazz fusion album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers, released in November 1972. It was written and recorded during Zappa's period of convalescence after being assaulted in December 1971 in London, UK.
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Waka/Jawaka
AlbumJul 5, 1972

Waka/Jawaka

Waka/Jawaka (also known as Waka/Jawaka — Hot Rats) is …
Waka/Jawaka (also known as Waka/Jawaka — Hot Rats) is the fourth solo album by Frank Zappa, released in July 1972. The album is the jazz-influenced precursor to The Grand Wazoo (November 1972), and as the front cover indicates, a sequel of sorts to 1969's Hot Rats. According to Zappa, the title "is something that showed up on a ouija board at one time."
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Just Another Band from L.A.
AlbumMar 26, 1972

Just Another Band from L.A.

Just Another Band from L.A. …
Just Another Band from L.A. is a live album by The Mothers, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). It was recorded live on August 7, 1971 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. A notable inclusion on this album is "Billy the Mountain", Zappa's long, narrative parody of rock operas, which were gaining popularity at that time.
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1971
200 Motels
MovieOct 29, 1971

200 Motels

"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that …
"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.
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200 Motels
AlbumOct 4, 1971

200 Motels

The 200 Motels soundtrack to Frank Zappa's film 200 …
The 200 Motels soundtrack to Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels was released by United Artists Records in 1971. Like the film, the album covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town of Centerville and bassist Jeff quitting the group, as did his real life counterpart, Jeff Simmons, who left the group before the film began shooting and was replaced by actor Martin Lickert for the film.
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The Old Grey Whistle Test
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TV ShowSep 21, 1971

The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test …
The Old Grey Whistle Test (usually abbreviated to Whistle Test or OGWT) was a British television music show. It was commissioned by David Attenborough and aired on BBC2 from 1971 to 1988. It took over the BBC2 late night slot from Disco 2, which ran between September 1970 and July 1971, while continuing to feature non-chart music. The show was devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers. The original producer, involved in an executive capacity throughout the show's entire history, was Michael Appleton. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys – doormen in grey suits. Any song they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.
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Fillmore East – June 1971
AlbumAug 2, 1971

Fillmore East – June 1971

Fillmore East – June 1971 is …
Fillmore East – June 1971 is a live album by The Mothers, released in 1971. It is the twelfth album in Frank Zappa's discography, and was produced by Zappa and mixed by Toby Foster.
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1970
Chunga’s Revenge
AlbumOct 23, 1970

Chunga’s Revenge

Chunga's Revenge is the third solo album by Frank Zappa, …
Chunga's Revenge is the third solo album by Frank Zappa, released on October 23, 1970. Zappa's first effort of the 1970s marks the first appearance of former Turtles members Flo & Eddie on a Zappa record, and signals the dawn of a controversial epoch in Zappa's history. Chunga's Revenge represents a shift from both the satirical political commentary of his 1960s work with The Mothers of Invention, and the jazz fusion of Hot Rats.
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Weasels Ripped My Flesh
AlbumAug 10, 1970

Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Weasels Ripped My Flesh is …
Weasels Ripped My Flesh is the seventh studio album by the American rock band the Mothers of Invention, and the tenth overall by Frank Zappa, released in 1970. It is the second album released after the Mothers disbanded in 1969, preceded by Burnt Weeny Sandwich. In contrast to its predecessor, which almost entirely focused on studio recordings of arranged compositions, Weasels Ripped My Flesh consists of a combination of live and studio recordings and features more improvisation.
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Burnt Weeny Sandwich
AlbumFeb 9, 1970

Burnt Weeny Sandwich

Burnt Weeny Sandwich is the sixth studio album by the …
Burnt Weeny Sandwich is the sixth studio album by the American rock band the Mothers of Invention, and the ninth overall by Frank Zappa, released in 1970. It consists of both studio recordings and live elements. In contrast to the next album Weasels Ripped My Flesh, which is predominantly live and song-oriented, most of Burnt Weeny Sandwich focuses on studio recordings and tightly arranged compositions.
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1969
Hot Rats
AlbumOct 10, 1969

Hot Rats

Hot Rats is the second solo album by American musician Frank …
Hot Rats is the second solo album by American musician Frank Zappa, released in October 1969. Five of the six songs are instrumental; the other, "Willie the Pimp", features vocals by Captain Beefheart. It was Zappa's first recording project after the dissolution of the original Mothers of Invention. In his original sleeve notes, Zappa described the album as "a movie for your ears".
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Dweezil Zappa
ChildSeptember 1969

Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa (born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa; …
Dweezil Zappa (born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa; September 5, 1969) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musical composer and performer Frank Zappa. Exposed to the music industry from an early age, Dweezil developed a strong affinity for playing the guitar and producing music. Able to learn directly from guitarists such as Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen, Dweezil released his first single (produced by Eddie Van Halen) at the age of 12.
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Uncle Meat
AlbumApr 21, 1969

Uncle Meat

Uncle Meat is the fifth studio album by The Mothers of Invention, …
Uncle Meat is the fifth studio album by The Mothers of Invention, released as a double album in 1969. Uncle Meat was originally developed as a part of No Commercial Potential, a project which spawned three other albums sharing a conceptual connection: We're Only in It for the Money, Lumpy Gravy and Cruising with Ruben & the Jets.
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Mothermania
AlbumMar 24, 1969

Mothermania

Mothermania (1969), subtitled The Best of the Mothers, is a …
Mothermania (1969), subtitled The Best of the Mothers, is a compilation album by the Mothers of Invention. While the songs were previously released on Freak Out!, Absolutely Free and We're Only in It for the Money, it contains unique mixes or edits done specifically for this compilation.
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1968
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
AlbumDec 2, 1968

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets

Cruising with Ruben & the …
Cruising with Ruben & the Jets is the fourth studio album by the Mothers of Invention. Released on December 2, 1968, on Bizarre and Verve Records with distribution by MGM Records, it was subsequently remixed by Frank Zappa and reissued independently.
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Head
MovieNov 6, 1968

Head

Running in from seemingly nowhere, Micky Dolenz, …
Running in from seemingly nowhere, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork - better known collectively as The Monkees - disrupt a bridge opening ceremony. From where and why did they come to disrupt the proceedings? They were filming a series of vignettes in several different genres, including a wild west sequence, a desert war sequence, a Confederate war sequence, and a science fiction sequence. They disagree with much of what is happening around them, and try to figure out how to escape the oppression they feel - symbolized by a big black box in which they are seemingly imprisoned - by the forces around. That oppression is often shown in the form of "The Big Victor Mature".
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We're Only in It for the Money
AlbumMar 4, 1968

We're Only in It for the Money

We're Only in It for the …
We're Only in It for the Money is the third studio album by the Mothers of Invention. Released on March 4, 1968, on Verve Records, it was subsequently remixed and re-recorded by Frank Zappa and reissued by Rykodisc in 1986.
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1967
Moon Unit Zappa
ChildSeptember 1967

Moon Unit Zappa

Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967) is an American …
Moon Unit Zappa (born September 28, 1967) is an American actress and author.
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Gail Zappa
MarriageSeptember 1967

Gail Zappa

Adelaide Gail Zappa (née Sloatman; January 1, 1945 – …
Adelaide Gail Zappa (née Sloatman; January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015) was the wife of musician and composer Frank Zappa and the trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. They met in Los Angeles in 1966 and married while she was pregnant with their first child, Moon, followed by Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.
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Lumpy Gravy
AlbumAug 7, 1967

Lumpy Gravy

Lumpy Gravy is the debut solo album by Frank Zappa, …
Lumpy Gravy is the debut solo album by Frank Zappa, written by Zappa and performed by a group of session players he dubbed the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra. Zappa conducted the orchestra but did not perform on the album. It is his third album overall: his previous releases had been under the name of his group, the Mothers of Invention.
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Hoepla
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TV ShowJul 28, 1967

Hoepla

Hoepla ("Whoops") was a Dutch experimental cultural …
Hoepla ("Whoops") was a Dutch experimental cultural television show broadcast in 1967. It aimed at a young teenage audience and was notable for being unpredictable and risky in its subject matter, featuring reports, performances, declarations, and interviews that tied in with the subversive atmosphere of the Provo movement. Three episodes were made for the VPRO, and the show caused national controversy when a naked woman, Phil Bloom appeared on the show, being the first time this happened on Dutch television. A fourth episode was taped but did not air until 2008. The show was written and produced by the team of Wim T. Schippers, Wim van der Linden, Willem de Ridder, and Hans Verhagen.
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Absolutely Free
AlbumMay 26, 1967

Absolutely Free

Absolutely Free is the second studio album by the …
Absolutely Free is the second studio album by the American rock band the Mothers of Invention, led by Frank Zappa, released in 1967. Absolutely Free is, again, a display of complex musical composition with political and social satire. The band had been augmented since Freak Out! by the addition of woodwinds player Bunk Gardner, keyboardist Don Preston, rhythm guitarist Jim Fielder and drummer Billy Mundi. Fielder quit the group before the album was released and his name was removed from the album credits.
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1966
The Monkees
TV ShowSep 12, 1966

The Monkees

The Monkees was an American situation comedy that first …
The Monkees was an American situation comedy that first aired on NBC in two long series between September 12, 1966 and March 25, 1968. The series followed the adventures of four young men (the Monkees) trying to make a name for themselves as a rock 'n roll band. The show introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to series television and won two Emmy Awards in 1967, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The program ended in 1968 at the finish of its second season and has received a long afterlife through Saturday morning repeats (CBS and ABC) and syndication, as well as overseas broadcasts; it later enjoyed a 1980s revival, after MTV aired reruns of the program in 1986. It has aired on Sunday afternoons on MeTV, since February 24, 2019, three days after the death of Peter Tork. (MeTV first aired two “memorial” episodes centered on Peter, then added the show to the network’s Sunday lineup.)
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Freak Out!
AlbumJun 27, 1966

Freak Out!

Freak Out! is the debut record by the American rock band the …
Freak Out! is the debut record by the American rock band the Mothers of Invention, released June 27, 1966 on Verve Records. 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. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music, and the first two-record debut album. In the UK, the album was originally released as an edited single disc.
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Gail Zappa
Relationship1966

Gail Zappa

Adelaide Gail Zappa (née Sloatman; January 1, 1945 – …
Adelaide Gail Zappa (née Sloatman; January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015) was the wife of musician and composer Frank Zappa and the trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. They met in Los Angeles in 1966 and married while she was pregnant with their first child, Moon, followed by Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.
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1965
Beat-Club
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TV ShowSep 25, 1965

Beat-Club

Beat-Club was a German music program that ran from …
Beat-Club was a German music program that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, West Germany on Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen, the national public TV channel of the ARD, and produced by one of its members, Radio Bremen, later co-produced by WDR following the 38th episode.
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1961
The New Steve Allen Show
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TV ShowSep 27, 1961

The New Steve Allen Show

It was a show basically about …
It was a show basically about laughing until you were in tears, or just falling down, doubling over with laughter...a show for the whole family, with some of the funniest comic people on ...
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1960
Kay Sherman
MarriageDecember 1960

Kay Sherman

Married Kay Sherman.
1940
Frank Zappa
BirthDecember 1940

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was born.
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