Contact Us

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was one of rock’s true oddballs, innovators and all-around contradictory guys. He made freak-out music but didn’t take drugs. He turned out tons of music every year but had little interest in being a star. And he developed a cult reputation while composing and playing music that never stayed in one place. He was born in Baltimore and came of age in the ’60s, when he recorded doo-wop music and other pop forms. By 1965 he had formed the Mothers of Invention, one of rock’s most influential groups. Their early albums were pointed, political affairs that also skewed pop culture and the mainstream that was consuming American youth. He made a couple movies, turned out solo albums that ranged from instrumental works to full-on rock operas and explored music from jazz and classical to pop and prog. He died of cancer at the age of 52 in 1993.

43 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Pushed Offstage in London

Frank Zappa
Evening Standard, Getty Images

Frank Zappa's live shows, much like his studio albums, were regarded as much for their irreverent playfulness as their technical virtuosity.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Puts the Mothers Behind Him

Ron Case, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Ron Case, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Several months after the release of the fifth Mothers of Invention album, 'Uncle Meat,' in March 1969, Frank Zappa pulled the plug, at least for now, on the band.

Read More

35 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Makes Another Pointed Political Statement on ‘Joe’s Garage Act I’

Gary Merrin, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Gary Merrin, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Frank Zappa once referred to 'Joe's Garage' as a "stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music."

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention Release ‘Uncle Meat’

Ron Case/Stringer, Getty Images
Ron Case/Stringer, Getty Images

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention released 'Uncle Meat' on April 21, 1969.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

40 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Apostrophe (‘)’

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa's most commercially successful album was released on March 22, 1974.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

35 Years Ago: Frank Zappa’s ‘Sheik Yerbouti’ Released

sheik header

On many levels — creative, personal, and business-related — 1979 would go down as a banner year in the long and storied career of Frank Zappa. But perhaps nothing else accomplished during those significant 365 days left as large and lasting an impact as the double album cheekily named ‘Sheik Yerbouti,’ which arrived in stores on March 3.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

35 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Releases ‘Sleep Dirt’

Frank Zappa Sleep Dirt

Like much of the material that came out under Frank Zappa's name in the late '70s, 1979's 'Sleep Dirt' has a complicated history. Also like much of the work that ended the artist's most prolific decade, 'Sleep Dirt' had its roots in a shelved, four-LP set that Zappa's record company refused to release.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

Top 10 Frank Zappa Albums

Evening Standard, Getty Images
Evening Standard, Getty Images

Before he died at the age of 52 on Dec. 4, 1993, Frank Zappa released a vast body of work that remains frustrating, complex, confusing and brilliant. He was as prolific as he was restless, jumping from genre to genre, and from target to target, with all the control and tempe

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Lists, Original Features

20 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Dies

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was one of the most innovative and versatile rock musicians of his generation, creating a vast body of work that encompassed almost every genre of music -- but he wouldn't have wanted to hear it. The mercurial genius actively resisted those kinds of labels and effusive public praise, focusing instead on the work itself in a career that spanned more than three decades. He died on Dec. 4, 1993 at the age of 52 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Read More

Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspires ‘Smoke on the Water’

Smoke on the Water
YouTube

On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water.'

Read More

Filed Under: , Category: Anniversaries, News

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!