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Frank Zappa

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21 Dec 1940 — 04 Dec 1993
United States United States

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Person Frank Zappa

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Biography

Frank Vincent Zappa (born December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States – December 4, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, United States) was an American composer, guitarist, singer, bandleader and producer. He was one of the most prolific musicians of his time, releasing over fifty albums of original material spanning over a thirty-five year career.
Zappa's earliest influences were 1950s pop and rock (such as doo-wop and rhythm and blues), and 20th-century classical composers including Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse. His output was divided between adventurous instrumental compositions and succinct, catchy rock songs with ribald, satirical, or comically absurd lyrics. On stage he demanded virtuosity and spontaneity from his musicians, and employed many performers who would later go on to achieve fame in their own rights. He directed and released a number of films featuring himself, his musicians and entourage, including 200 Motels and Baby Snakes.
His career started in 1955. His earliest recordings date from the mid-1960s, and include collaborations with his school friend Captain Beefheart. In 1965 he joined a bar-band called The Soul Giants, quickly dominating its musical direction and rechristening it The Mothers. Their first release (as The Mothers of Invention; the name alteration requested by their record company) was the 1966 double album Freak Out!. The line-up of the Mothers gradually expanded to accommodate Zappa's increasingly ambitious and avant-garde music, but by 1969 he decided to work outside the band structure, focusing on his solo career, and effectively disbanding the Mothers in 1971.

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The Mothers of Invention (spoken vocals, lead vocals, guitar)
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Discography

Studio Album

1966
Album has 1 releases
1967
Album has 9 releases
1969
Album has 13 releases
1970
Album has 6 releases
1971
Album has 9 releases
1972
Album has 8 releases
1973
Album has 8 releases
1974
Album has 9 releases
1975
Album has 8 releases
1977
Album has 6 releases
1978
Album has 5 releases
1978
Album has 5 releases
1978
Album has 15 releases
1978
Album has 6 releases
1980
Album has 11 releases
1980
Album has 10 releases
1982
Album has 2 releases
1982
Album has 6 releases
1983
Album has 8 releases
1983
Album has 6 releases
1984
Album has 4 releases
1985
Album has 8 releases
1986
Album has 1 releases
1986
Album has 1 releases
1987
Album has 2 releases
1991
Album has 1 releases
1994
Album has 2 releases
1996
Album has 2 releases
1998
Album has 2 releases
1999
Album has 1 releases
2004
Album has 1 releases
2005
Album has 1 releases
2008
Album has 1 releases
2010
Album has 1 releases
2010
Album has 1 releases
2011
Album has 2 releases
2012
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases
2015
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 2 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases

Single

1978
Album has 2 releases
1983
Album has 1 releases
1986
Album has 1 releases
1987
Album has 1 releases
1987
Album has 1 releases
1990
Album has 2 releases
1990
Album has 1 releases
1990
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases