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The Mothers of Invention were a rock and roll band active from the 1960s to the 1990s. They mainly performed works by composer Frank Zappa, although other bandmembers have an occasional credit. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. ...


Initially, the group was named "The Soul Giants", and consisted of drummer Jimmy Carl Black, bass player Roy Estrada, saxophonist Davy Coronado, guitarist Ray Hunt, and vocalist Ray Collins. After Collins got into a fight with Hunt in 1964, Hunt quit the group and Frank Zappa took his place as guitarist - quickly becoming the leader of the group. A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Jimmy Carl Black at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, October 3, 1968. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... Roy Estrada (born April 17, 1943 in Santa Ana, California) is an American musician. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Ray Lee Hunt (1943-). Inherited most of fathers H.L. Hunt Hunt Oil Co. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. ...


On Mothers' Day, 1964, the band changed its name to "The Mothers" (short for "motherfuckers", which at that time in L.A was slang for a good musician). In late 1965, record producer Tom Wilson made a brief visit to a bar where The Mothers were playing and offered them a contract and an advance of $2500. Mothers Day is a day for celebrating motherhood and thanking mothers. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Tom Wilson (1931 – September 6, 1978) grew up in Waco, Texas. ... This article is about general United States currency. ...


The Mothers and Wilson then spent several months and thousands of dollars recording and editing the band's first album, a double LP named Freak Out!. At the insistence of their record company, MGM, The Mothers again changed their name, this time to "The Mothers of Invention". Their debut was released in 1966, and The Mothers of Invention subsequently went on tour. A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Freak Out! is the debut album of Frank Zappa and his group, the Mothers of Invention. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ...


MGM recorded sales of Freak Out! amounting to a relatively poor 30,000 copies. The record label responded by cutting the band's budget for their next LP to $11,000. The Mothers of Invention continued regardless, releasing Absolutely Free in 1967 and We're Only in It for the Money in 1968 under the leadership of Zappa. This article is about general United States currency. ... Absolutely Free (1967) is the second album by The Mothers Of Invention, led by Frank Zappa. ... Were Only in It For the Money is a rock n roll album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. ...


In 1969, The Mothers of Invention disbanded. In 1970, Zappa recreated the band with a new lineup consisting of himself, Aynsley Dunbar, George Duke, Howard Kaylan, and Mark Volman. They played on a new album, Chunga's Revenge, though it is credited solely to Zappa. Afterwards, they released two live albums (Fillmore East - June 1971 and Just Another Band From L.A.) before having to disband when Zappa was severely injured after being pushed offstage into an orchestra pit at a concert in London. Zappa was hospitalised for a year. Prolific English drummer Aynsley Dunbar (born on January 10, 1946, in Liverpool, England) has worked with some of the top names in rock and roll, including John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, and Sammy Hagar. ... George Duke (born 12 January 1946) is a piano and synthesizer pioneer. ... Howard Kaylan (born June 22, 1947 in New York City) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as a founding member of the 1960s band The Turtles. ... Mark Volman (born April 19, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American rock and roll musician, best known as a founding member of the 1960s band The Turtles. ... Chungas Revenge is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1970. ... Fillmore East - June 1971 is a live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Just Another Band From L.A. is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ...


Zappa permanently dismissed them in 1977. Since 1980, Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston and Bunk Gardner, plus other former members of the Mothers of Invention, have occasionally performed and recorded under the name "The Grandmothers." The Grandmothers perform music by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as well as originals and blues standards. Jimmy Carl Black at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, October 3, 1968. ... Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) was an American rock/jazz fusion musician, composer, and satirist. ... Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. ... Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941 in Glendale, California), is a musician and painter, best known under the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ...


Discography

Freak Out! is the debut album of Frank Zappa and his group, the Mothers of Invention. ... Absolutely Free (1967) is the second album by The Mothers Of Invention, led by Frank Zappa. ... Were Only in It For the Money is a rock n roll album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. ... Cruising With Ruben & the Jets is an album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1968 (see 1968 in music). ... Uncle Meat, released in 1969, is the soundtrack to Frank Zappas long-delayed film of the same name. ... Burnt Weeny Sandwich is an album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Weasels Ripped My Flesh is an album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Fillmore East - June 1971 is a live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Just Another Band From L.A. is an album by Frank Zappa, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Cover of Roxy & Elsewhere (1974) Roxy & Elsewhere is a live Frank Zappa album which was released in 1974. ... Cover of One Size Fits All (1975) One Size Fits All is a 1975 rock album from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. ...

References

  • Zappa, Frank (1989): The Real Frank Zappa Book. ISBN 0671705725.
  • Jimmy Carl Black website: http://www.jimmycarlblack.com

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