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45 Years Ago: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Release ‘Cruising With Ruben & the Jets’

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On Dec. 2, 1968, a mysterious group of pompadoured cartoon faces turned back the clock of music history to highlight the golden era of doo-wop with their self-referencing album ‘Cruising With Ruben & the Jets.’

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45 Years Ago: The Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ Album Released

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From the mocking cover art to the orchestral notes that grace the music to the loose thematic ties that link the songs, the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ turns ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on its head. But it’s not so much the Beatles’ masterpiece -- which was released nine months before the Mothers album -- that Frank Zappa and his band of musical pranksters ruthlessly skewer; it’s the culture that fed and supported it.

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Rockers We’ve Lost In 2012: Mothers of Invention Co-Founder Ray Collins

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Singer and co-founder of the Mothers of Invention, Ray Collins, died on Monday, Dec. 24, in Pomona, Calif. at age 76. Collins had been hospitalized since Dec. 18 after suffering a massive heart attack

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Mothers of Invention Co-Founder Ray Collins Dies at 76

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Ray Collins, the singer and co-founder of the Mothers of Invention, died on Monday (Dec. 24) in Pomona, Calif. He had been hospitalized since Dec. 18 after suffering a massive heart attack, and was removed from life support on Saturday. He was 76 years old.

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