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FRANK ZAPPA

(1940 - 1993)

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Frank Zappa is known for his wide range of genres his music incorporates, including classical, jazz, and rock. Other than being a great guitarist, he also wrote music for other rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers and symphony orchestra, and made short films, music videos, and album covers. His guitar career lasted for more than 30 years. He has 4 children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen. Dweezil Zappa is also a famous guitarist, and Moon Unit was the vocal for Zappa's song "Valley Girl". He died in 1993 from prosphate cancer. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. His birthtown, Baltimore declared August 9 as the official "Frank Zappa Day" in his honor. He received the Grammy Award in 1988 for Best Instrumental Rock Performance for his album "Jazz from Hell". He was postthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, for contributing so much to music.

Associated Acts:

  • The Mothers of Invention
  • Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)
  • Al Di Meola

Famous Songs/Album:

  • The Black Page - considered to be one of the hardest songs to play
  • Jazz from Hell (album) - won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Rock Performance
  • The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (album) - one of the three legendary albums from the 1988 world tour he made. Includes covers of famous songs

Notable Instruments:

  • Gibson ES-5 Switchmaster
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Synclavier (synthesizer)

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