had his first official appearance at the age of 11 in the year 1951
as a drummer in a schoolband in San Diego. He taught himself playing
the guitar 4 years later.
Frank Vincent Zappa's biggest idol was
the classical composer "Francesco Zappa", who lived in the
18th century in Milan. He was known for his brilliant Trisonatas.
Zappa's first band was named "The
Blackouts", renamed a little later to "The Omens".
His one and only schooltime friend Don van Vliet took part within
this project. Later He became known as "Captain Beefheart".
Don van Vliet
the Mojave Desert and dedicated his live
to painting. His former band - "the Magic Band"
is presently touring around the globe.
Frank had to go to to prison for 10 days when he was 18. He also was
judged not to get close to a woman aged under 21 without an adult.
His first successful band
"The Mothers" was so bizare, that even the Rolling Stones
seemed to like Quireboys compared to them. For the release of their
first record "Freak Out", they were forced to change their
name. The label manager thought, no radiostation ever is gonna
play a song fo a band with this name. From then on the "Mothers"
became the "Mothers Of Invention".
the mothers of
invention #1 1966
Black (drums) - 2nd
from the right
Roy Estrada (Bass)
Elliot Ingber (git.)
Frank Zappa (Git)
nowadays lives close to Munich
and played with Farrel & Black and
The Grandmothers Of Invention
In 1966, Frank
Zappa was the first musician, who released a Double-Album.
No other rockband suffered more line
up changes than the band of Frank Zappa. Zappa had never been 100%
happy with his musicians and his music. There were presumingly
over 100 musicians, who played with Zappa throughout the years.
one of many drummers playing
with Zappa. Nowadays he's a successful
musician and belongs to the best on the planet
Zappa did many
gueststints with other artists. One of them were "The Monkees",
who were known, that in the beginning, they even couldn't play an
In 1985 Frank Zapps went to president
Ronald Reagan to protest against the strict US-law about song lyrics.
In 1986 Frank took part in the TV series
"Miami Vice". He played a drugdealer, who fell from a speedboat
at the end. .
With his second wife Gail, an English
woman and passionate tea drinker (married in 1969), he had 2 sons.
Dweezil (named after his little toe) and Ahmed Redan, and also two
daughters, Moon Unit and Diva. All four of them became musicians.
Dweezil Zappa 1991
London for the release of Dweezils first record
With his daughter Moon, Frank recorded
a song "Valley Girl" in 1982. The song was a parody about
the Californian way of life. It became Zappa's one and only commercial
successful hit in the US.
she's playing in various US-TV-Series
and is taking part n Dweezils records
L.Brozek discovered the astroid Nr. 3834 on may 11th 1980. He took his
rights to give this star a name and christened him "Zapparfrank".
A real star.
In 1992 tschech.
president Vaclac Havel named Zappa as his cultural minister. After that,
Frank seriously considered to go for the US president elections, but
pulled out because of his wick health conditions.
Frank Zappa had
never touched drugs throughout his life. Only once he tried to smoke
marihuana. He said afterwards: I felt tired and had a aching throat.
That was all. And if I ever catch one of my musicians taking drugs on
stage, he's off immidiately.
With more than 60 albums and lots of
videos etc, many of them not even released so far, the artist Zappa
has the biggest song catalogue in rock history. His widow Gail is
taking care of it in a so called family trust 'till the very day.
Frank Zappa died 2 weeks before his 53rd birthday in Laurel/California
at a too late discovered prostata cancer.
the premiere of his musical
masterpiece "Yellow Shark"
Fans of Frank Zappa have contributed the very first Zappa statue in
Vilnius.It's placed on a 4meter high socket.
At the smalltown
Bad Doberach in Germany, each year there is a big festival held called
Grandmothers of Invention 2003
Frank Zappas heritage
Don Preston (Klavier, Synthesizer), Roy Estrada (Bass), Bunk Gardner
and Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, Saxophone) sometimes Ken Rosser
(Gitar) and Chris Garcia (drums)